President Trump’s top advisor Steve Bannon calls it the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” The Chamber of Commerce calls it “regulatory relief.” Advocacy organizations call it part of an “extreme agenda” and “dangerous.” Whatever you call it, there is no doubt that the first few weeks of the Trump administration has been marked by an unusually quick rollback of public safety and health regulations.
One regulatory rollback has garnered significant attention: Congress, with the President’s signature, has eliminated the restriction that prohibited some mentally ill individuals from purchasing handguns. Critics of that regulation included right-wing groups like the National Rifle Association that generally oppose any restriction on gun ownership. But the regulation also had its critics on the left, including the ACLU, which claimed the law unfairly presumed individuals with serious mental health issues were more likely to commit violence. Proponents of the restriction argue that mentally ill individuals are at greater risk of harming themselves and others, and that the regulation was an important public safety measure.
What do you think? Should Congress Have Kept Regulations Against Gun Purchases by Mentally Ill Individuals?
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