With the debate heating up after the recent school shooting in Florida, where a teen should not have been able to purchase the firearm he used to kill 17 and injure others, one of the hot topics is strengthening the NICS background check system to include more information on mentally-ill people.
With this particular case, however, many things were handled incorrectly. The FBI and local police were both tipped off about the gunman, but failed to act. The school itself failed to press charges after he was found to have knives at school, which would have likely seen a felony charge. That would have red-flagged him in the NICS system.
Would a stronger background check accomplish anything? Would a new way to determine if someone is mentally unfit to own a firearm make a difference?
What’s the root cause of these shootings?
Ok, let’s not get too involved with the questions.
The basic question at the moment: Do you support a strengthened NICS system? Regardless of your answer, explain your thoughts behind it in the comments below.