In the wake of the this week’s mass shooting in the Washington Navy Yard, the media has collectively embarked on what has now become an all too routine discussion of what drove the shooter, and how such tragedy could be prevented in the future. It has become painfully evident that any legislative action on the federal level is all but completely impossible in the current Congress, but one area in which there appears to be some overlap between right and left is the focus of the role of mental health in gun violence. To this end, some states have started taking matters into their own hands in an attempt to accomplish what a deeply divided Congress cannot.
“If you talk to the rank and file of the NRA, people that run gun shows, they don’t want people with serious mental health problems with guns,” Eric Schneiderman, New York State’s attorney general said on Thursday’s NOW with Alex Wagner. New York is among the states with the strictest gun laws in the nation.
Schneiderman emphasized the importance of working collaboratively with gun show operators to come up with policies to ensure strict background checks to keep guns out of the wrong hands. “It is a public safety issue, they want us to work with them,” he said.
You can watch the segment above.