Being safe

An organization called Everytown for Gun Safety, which bills itself as the country’s largest gun violence prevention organization, recently issued a report showing that “dozens of states have passed laws to establish or improve their mental health records reporting systems, resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of records submitted into the federal background system.”

According to the organization, the increase in the number of records submitted “has led to an increase in gun sale denials, blocking many more prohibited individuals from buying guns.”

The District of Columbia and seven states, the organization said, do not have laws requiring or explicitly authorizing the submission of mental health records to the federal background check system.

Guess which state is one of the seven.

Yes, the Live Free or Die state.

And in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed a “red flag” law that will let household members seek a court order to take guns from people posing a risk to themselves or others. The guns could be taken for up to a year, but gun owners can appeal the order to show they are not a danger and have their guns returned.

New Hampshire doesn’t seem too fond of that idea, either.

We don’t know what it will take to get New Hampshire on board with sensible gun laws. It seems impossible to convince some Republicans that common sense gun laws do not mean confiscation of their weapons. Why that incredible fear continues to be pervasive is beyond us. No one in his or her right mind wants to confiscate guns. What people with common sense want is gun laws that will keep us safer. No, never completely safe; that’s not possible. But keeping guns out of the hands of people with serious mental issues seems a reasonable thing to do.

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