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Re: “Walters: Universal Background Checks Gain Traction in Vermont Senate

Snow Creek: Another thought, why is it i can read up on reports and official findings about the Newtown school and Aurora movie theater shootings and find out what what ammunition was used down to the grain weight of the bullets yet I can;t find out anything about what psychotropic medications they were on and was found in their systems?

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Posted by JimM on 02/22/2018 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Walters: Universal Background Checks Gain Traction in Vermont Senate

Snow Creek: The same 'backwards thinking' as you call it has been used to deny, restrict, and ban the once guaranteed rights of law abiding gun owners and their inanimate firearms for decades, all in the name of public safety, and it hasn't produced the desired results at all, as it's the non law abiding doing all of the killing and maiming. What makes you think that banning SEMI-automatic rifles with pistol grips will make the mentally ill and criminally depraved not procure them and use them illegally any more? The citizens of Parkland Florida did everything they could; they Saw Something and they Said Something numerous times to authorities and School officials about the mentally ill and violent perpetrator in their midst, yet the Broward Sheriff, the School System, and the FBI did absolutely nothing on the follow-up because their hands were legally tied as he continued to hide behind his personal and medical privacy rights, absent breaking any serious laws, so they could confine him. That has to change and ideas like 'extreme risk' court orders are a good start to use against potential perpetrators; and one's medical and psychological records and background should absolutely be part and parcel part of that decision making.
I've stated it before, that the most dangerous weapon on the planet is the deranged human mind intent on causing harm to others. That is what society needs to focus on next.

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Posted by JimM on 02/22/2018 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Walters: Universal Background Checks Gain Traction in Vermont Senate

How are Universal Background Checks going to prevent the Mentally Ill and the psychotropically prescribed who haven't yet committed crimes from buying and possessing firearms if they are not universally on any databases anywhere and continue to get to hide behind their HIPAA 'privacy rights' at the expense of the public's collective right to safety? Why is there no call for mandatory reporting by mental health practitioners and prescribers to keep the public safe from their dangerous patients like we have when someone presents with a communicable disease that can harm others in the public or when children show signs and evidence of abuse?

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Posted by JimM on 02/22/2018 at 8:12 AM

Re: “After Florida Shooting, Vermont Governor Says No New Gun Laws

Vermont experienced it's very own case of a troubled student publicly threatening to murder others in the South Burlington High School, an act which had the community on edge for weeks; AND, that perpetrator was just quietly let off with probation and time served after receiving numerous 'second chances' after violating conditions of release and getting kicked out of his Howard Center treatments for disrupting the facilities and setting off 'stink bombs'; and we the Public, and likely law enforcement as well, still know nothing about his mental state or what psychotropics he may be on because his personal and medical 'privacy rights' that he's hiding behind seemingly outweigh our collective right to public safety.
That's what needs to be changed first.

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Posted by JimM on 02/16/2018 at 9:11 AM

Re: “After Florida Shooting, Vermont Governor Says No New Gun Laws

The most dangerous weapon on Earth is the deranged human mind intent on killing and harming others.
Maybe it's time to start controlling the animate element to 'gun violence' instead of blaming, demonizing, and stigmatizing the inanimate firearms themselves?

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Posted by JimM on 02/16/2018 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Cops to Review Policies After Fatal I-89 Shooting of Suicidal Man

12 shots and only 3 hits on a perp not firing at them is not good shooting; especially with live traffic whizzing by.
More range time is in order

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Posted by JimM on 02/12/2018 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council to Consider Options for Downtown Mural

The American Taliban are attempting to 'whitewash' history they don;t like

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Posted by JimM on 01/29/2018 at 12:34 PM

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