Lindsey Graham: Why are mentally ill people able to buy guns legally?

Graham is right. If our background check system doesn’t flag mentally ill people like Alice Boland and Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho, something is profoundly wrong.

Instead of passing new gun control restrictions, perhaps Congress should take steps to ensure that our current laws are implemented properly.

  • J. Cox

    But,but,but…medical privacy…or some other nonsense.The first state that tries to use people’s med records to determine competency for a weapon purchase will be mired in court for years….but more laws right?

  • disqus_e2F2oUH6C7

    Only Obamacare can violate HIPPA laws. Agree with you. All others would be sued to the MAX.

    • Zanshi

      Alice Borland’s verdict is in the court record; She’s criminally insane. Court records aren’t subject to HIPPA privacy laws, I thought.

  • sigh

    So now we can declare the tea party mentally insane and legally ban their guns. I’d be careful of letting the State go down this road.

  • Sasha Williams

    LOL But the NRA doesn’t want more thorough checks into potential gun owners. Feeling conflicted yet Teabaggers?

    • Lord Foggybottom

      Twitchy isn’t the NRA or the Tea Party, numbnuts.

    • Jeff

      Actually the NRA is requesting that the names of those who are mentally ill AND a danger to others to be part of the NICS check system. Feeling stupid yet libturd ?

      • An Abstraction

        Thanks for the info, Jeff. Chalk up another reason why the NRA won’t see a dime of my hard-earned money.

        • mike_in_kosovo

          For upholding existing law?

    • Rob

      The checks are thorough. Tens of thousands of gun purchases are already declined. Many are sent to district attorneys for criminal charges.
      A little more than one a day are actually prosecuted.
      The NRA already argues why should law abiding citizens be revoked of rights for the failure of the government to follow their duties?

    • Matthew Koch

      How do you know so much about tea bagging? Have personal experience?

  • An Abstraction

    I guess wanting to violate doctor/patient confidentiality is the new hip thing….. you people are sick.

    • Patrick Dennehy

      What? If a person is mentally ill, been in and out of institutions, and deemed a potential threat to themselves and others…they shouldn’t be flagged? Let’s just take the guns away from law abiding citizens and disarm the populace? Good one..

    • Zanshi

      So, if they pose a danger to themselves or others, or have the potential to, there shouldn’t be an obligation to tell authorities for public safety reasons? Yeah, no. We all agree there’s a fine line between right to privacy and public safety, but you’re on the wrong side of it this time.

  • Rob

    It is illegal for anyone who:
    922(g)-4 “who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution”
    So what is the problem?

  • stuckinIL4now

    Duh, I dunno Sen. Grahamnesty, why are mentally ill people allowed to hold elected public offices or pass themselves off as real journalists?

  • Conservaguy

    I don’t know. Maybe the same reason that illegal aliens can come here without the fear of being deported. You freaking idiot.

  • Conservaguy

    I don’t know. Maybe the same reason that illegal aliens can come here without the fear of being deported. You freaking idiot.