New Gun Law's Mental Health Provision Stirs Controversy

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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New York's tougher gun control measures include a provision that calls for mental health professionals to report any patients they believe could do harm to themselves or others. That would trigger authorities to confiscate any firearms they own.

The co-author of the law, Bronx State Senator Jeffrey Klein, says this provision makes the state safer by leaving it up to the mental health professional whether to report patients to authorities.  But critics of this provision say it is unprecedented and “draconian.

Dr. Art Caplan, head of the Division of Bioethics at the New York University Langone Medical Center, joined WNYC's Soterios Johnson to discuss this controversial provision.


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Jorge Galvez

The law still the same,it doesn't protect our children or the american
people. The criminal that kill all those children and teachers didn't
have a gun or assault weapon, the weapons were provided to him. As long
as civilians has acces to weapons it will be a provider without any bad
record or background and criminals always will have the weapons

Jan. 16 2013 08:31 PM

Attempting to turn shrinks into ineffective policemen is a VERY BAD idea. We DO NOT need a de facto, Huxleyan thought-police force. We NEED universal healthcare and high quality mental health care facilities.

We don't need mental healthcare providers ratting-out their patients on what is almost always considered subjective criteria. The result will definitely be COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. People suffering from potentially violent emotional problems WILL NOT seek help for fear of being reported. Isolation is the ABSOLUTE WORST thing that can happen to a emotionally disturbed individual. This is a VERY DANGEROUS situation.

The solution is access, compassion, empathy and destigmatization.


Jan. 16 2013 05:36 PM

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