States lag in sharing mental illness records –

It’s easy to be angry that a man so unstable he was told by a Tucson community college not to return to classes unless he got a mental health evaluation could legally buy a semiautomatic pistol. Jared Lee Loughner, 22, apparently used his Glock 19 to kill six people and wound 14 Saturday, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

How many more times must we hear about unstable people using easy-to-get guns to kill innocent strangers? But despite the almost universal anger about Loughner’s shooting spree, coming to any consensus about how to prevent the next one is difficult.

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