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Senate OKs mental health amendment to gun bill

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Senate OKs mental health amendment to gun bill

The Senate agreed Thursday to tack a bipartisan mental health measure onto gun control legislation — but the measure is more modest than advocates had sought, and the underlying gun bill has already been effectively derailed, at least for the time being.

The vote on the mental health amendment offered by Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was 95-2, with Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah opposing. But it came a day after the Senate rejected broader background checks on gun purchases, prompting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to suspend further votes on amendments to the bill.

And even if the mental health package becomes law at some point, it’s more of a messaging vehicle than the sweeping expansion of mental health services that was first broached after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn.



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  1. Dgm

    April 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Finally Congress does something that makes sense!

    • djstorrie

      April 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Are you sure about that? What will determin mental problems? Did you tell your doctor you feel a little depressed last week? Are you a veteran? Very scary.

  2. Benjamin Fox

    April 19, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Hitler did the same, didn’t want vets to oppose him and his plans, so everyone who served has a mental problem and need to get the weapons out of their hands, to make sure they don’t arise against us controller’s on the left, Hitler did it and now those without any knowledge of history are doing it again. Wake up America or live on the plantation of the slaves masters who control you.

  3. greenjeans

    April 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    screening for those who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility is proper IMO. What specifically does this bill offer? There are background checks for felons and those with involuntary commitments to mental health facilities already… are they state wide? I dont know. The additional requirements would be severe and full sentencing plus the death penalty for crimes utilizing weapons, be they a gun, a bat, a knife… also prompt execution of sentences.

  4. ron

    April 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I hope they read the thing and i do hope their is no provisioning it that states if you own a gun you must go through a mental health revue. .That would give the feds unlimited power to confiscate based on Health and welfare..lets hope no.

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