Karuna Jaggar, who runs a breast cancer organization, expresses her concerns about the impact of large-scale fundraising walks.
Part of President Barack Obama’s $500 million plan to reduce gun violence calls for improving mental health services and removing barriers in federal law that limit how much information mental health professionals can share about potentially dangerous people.
Under current federal law, it’s illegal to sell a gun to someone with a history of mental illness, but information about mental health isn’t shared in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
A new measure passed yesterday in New York state would require mental health professionals to report any patients deemed likely to hurt themselves or others. The patient would be reported to state officials and be prevented from buying weapons.
Throughout the week, Here & Now is looking at the impact a raise in the minimum wage would have on states, the federal government and workers.