Arizona lawmakers are trying to do a good thing – but even the best of intentions can’t stop the worst kind of predators.
A bill kicking around the legislature hopes to prevent future incidents like Tucson’s Jan. 8 mass shooting that left six dead, several bystanders wounded and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot through the head.
Not unlike the measly orders of protection, the bill aims to halt violence before it really gets out of hand. Its intent it to intercept potential volcanoes, like former Pima Community College student and alleged shooter Jared Loughner, before they erupt.
While we applaud the elected officials’ efforts and find their intentions noble, House Bill 2559 seems about as effective trying to knock down Mount Lemmon with a stick.
The bill makes it obligatory for colleges and other government entities to alert local law enforcement if a person was expelled, suspended, fired or terminated from membership because of “violence, threats of violence or behavior that constitutes a danger to self or others.”
Law enforcement officials, in turn, must forward the information to the appropriate local or regional health agency or crisis center.
Twenty-four hour surveillance? Intervention with a needle full of thorazine?