Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Item 23

23.  Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

Indy's Observation:  Again, is the President proposing a psychological test or simply more that should be clarified in the ACA?

Item 22

22.  Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

Indy's Observations Unless the several mentions on mental health means that it will be a requirement to pass a psychological test before obtaining a gun, I don’t see how it will prevent anything from happening.

Item 21

21.  Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

Indy's Observation:   Again, I don’t see how this will prevent murders from happening.

Item 20

20.  Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

Indy's Observation:   The way this is redacted I can't see how this will prevent mass murders from happening… I can’t even see how this will prevent just a single murder from happening.

Item 19

19.  Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

Indy's Observation:   This is another good measure

Item 18

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

Indy's Observation:   Must keep the NRA happy, it's all I can say.

Item 17

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

Indy's Observation: If by this they mean they are lifting part of the oath doctors take so they can inform authorities about what a patient told them (e.g. a psychiatrist or psychologist) in the privacy of consultation then it is a good measure.

Item 16

16.  Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

Indy's Observation:   A doctor asking a patient will solve nothing, the patient can deny or lie to the doctor.

Item 15

15.  Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.

Indy's Observation:   This is a good request but it will not prevent mass murders, unless there is a technology out there where a gun will only work by the fingerprint of the gun owner. As far as I know (but I know nothing about guns) there is no such thing in the market.

Item 14

14.  Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

Indy's Observation:   This is a good measure that might yield great results, another good point made by the President.

Item 13

13.  Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

Indy's Observation:   Prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime? Isn’t that being done already?

Item 12

12.  Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

Indy's Observation:   This is the best point in this list.

Item 11

11.  Nominate an ATF director.

Indy's Observation:   No need for an Executive Order… President Obama didn’t use an Executive Order to nominate Sen. Kerry as Secretary of State or Hagel as Secretary of Defense.

Item 10

10.  Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

Indy's Observation:   This will be great, but it will not deter a mass murderer.

Item 9

9.  Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

Indy's Observation:   This will not solve anything unless those that lost their guns (or sold them) are severely penalized, which is not mentioned here.

Item 8

8.  Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

Indy's Observation:   This will not prevent mass murders, this will prevent accidental shootings, and it’s good but not enough.

Item 7

7.  Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

Indy's Observation:  I am sure that the NRA is going to volunteer for this or scream they already provide this service.

Item 6

6.  Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
Indy's Observation: I truly don’t think that licensed gun dealers don’t know how to run a background check, but it’s a good idea. It would be a better idea to teach everyone gun owner how to do this, since there are guns that are sold among private citizens. 

Item 5

5.  Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

Indy's Observation: Isn’t this done already? Gosh! That should be already mandatory.  If it's not, then it is a very good recommendation.

Item 4

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

Indy's Observation: This should not require an Executive Order, it should be expected.

Item 3

3.  Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

Indy's Observation:   Why should there be “incentives”? This should be mandatory without any perks.

Item 2

2.  Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

Indy's Observation: This one most likely refers to the privacy act that prohibits Health Care Providers from making public your health records; that will be a good measure but only for those readily identified as unstable.

Item 1

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
Indy's Observation:  This is odd. I thought all federal agencies already shared this information. Actually, I thought all agencies were required to do this after 911.