Couldn’t we add a psychological evaluation as a prerequisite for obtaining a firearm? Obviously, the criminal background check is hugely important but it does not effectively screen the those individuals who may be predisposed to committing acts of random violence.
Clearly, it would be cumbersome to implement and far from 100% effective but it strikes at the heart of the problem. As a component of the application process, prospective gun owners could be required to undergo a psychological evaluation at their own cost (submitted directly by the licensed psychologist directly to the screening agency). Surely some commonalities have been identified in the profiles of those who commit acts of mass murder. The psychologist could look for signs of those markers and, if those traits are identified, it’s a disqualifier. (I’m talking about major disorders such as paranoid schizophrenia.)
There will undoubtedly be 1000 reasons why this wouldn’t work, such as people could forge the evaluation results or the evaluation would be too nebulous. Again, this isn’t perfect but, in my opinion, it’s the only thing that specifically and directly targets the cause of mass murder. It may also be a suggestion that gun lobbies, such as the NRA, would be willing to entertain.
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