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      12-17-2012, 09:23 AM   #41
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After each of these tragedies, I don't ever recall hearing about where the existing system broke down. I don't know the rules/laws for all states but a number require background checks and varied lengths of 'cool off' periods. While I don't believe the latter to be effective for those have are determined to be a plague on our society, what about the former? In theory, these checks should be at least helping to prevent some of the shooters from legally acquiring legal firearms since mental state is inquired about, at least on the forms filled out in some states at time of purchase (not time of pick up). Seeing a shrink by itself shouldn't necessarily disqualify someone from owning, but it should at least set a flag to indicate that a little more digging is needed for that person's background (e.g. help coping w/ life event vs required therapy while displaying malicious actions/thoughts).
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