Tough New York Gun Law May Hold Unintended Consequences

Mental health experts say a new tougher New York state gun control law might interfere with treatment of potentially dangerous people and even discourage them from seeking help.

The law would require therapists, doctors, nurses and social workers to tell government authorities if they believe a patient is likely to harm himself or others. That could lead to revoking the patient's gun permit and seizing any guns. (source)

New laws tend to have unintended consequences worse than the conditions or situations they are intended to remedy. The hysteria over the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has such strange bedfellows as the NRA and some of the most liberal Democrats calling for psychological or psychiatric evaluations of potential gun owners. 

Question: Does the state have enough of an interest to require a breach of the privacy normally holding between a patient and his clinician making the state an invisible presence in the conference room?

Question: Might more mayhem be prevented by letting clinicians do their job rather than imposing requirements on them.?

Question: Might imposing a reporting requirement on clinicians expose them to homicidal danger once the client realizes that his counselor has breached the shell of confidentiality holding between them?

Question: Given the ambiguities holding between what clients talk about and what they might actually do might a reporting requirement expose clinicians to needless criminal and civil sanctions if their best guess turns out to be wrong and a client they thought safe did something horrendous? The point is, it's a lot easier to judge how dangerous a patient was in retrospect and hold a clinician responsible.

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    Unseen

    @Gallups Mirror

    Sorry it took so long to get back. Little matter of my father dying.

    In the case of the old South, it's obvious that "wrong" was applied in different ways to free white people and black slaves, probably due to many people feeling that the slaves were subhuman animals.

    ...and was defended using 'incongruous, inaccurate, or dishonest' arguments, like that one.

    ...and was defended using (what we todaywould regard as 'incongruous, or dishonest' arguments...

    Africans are not "subhuman animals". Even if slavers believed this, they were wrong ('inaccurate') as a matter of fact, not opinion. 

    This is what you and I believe today, but unfortunately until DNA came along it wasn't indisputable that other races were subhuman. It's not like proving something in chemistry or physics such as the melting point of gold 

    On that point alone, (by today's values) slavery is unjustifiable ('unjust') thus slavery in the old south was wrong (by our lights). It follows that (today we believe) it's wrong ('incongruous') not to apply 'wrong-ness' to slavery, when it meets these conditions.

    Otherwise—you tell me—how could they treat the slaves as they did? Unless they were just evil people. Were they?

    We've already covered this. Exploitation is greatly advantageous to the exploiter, whether it's wrong or not.
    If you admit context than you have conceded my point.
    Your point is that slavery in the old south was wrong as a matter of opinion. And your point has been falsified many times over.

    So, is it your position that people always knew that slavery was wrong because of what we today would call weak arguments against it? When did humans first start becoming logical? Certainly it wouldn't be hard to find that people in the past believed a lot of things that today we'd call wrong, silly, or outrageous. I'm sure that in the future many of the things we believe today will prove to be factually wrong. Other things will be thought to be silly or outrageous as well. I'm equally sure that many of the moral/ethical positions we hold to be certain today will be held to be wrong.

    My point is that values and definitions (how words are used) vary across time. Nothing you've said really disproves that point wrong.

    But go ahead, like President Bush on the aircraft carrier deck, declare complete and total victory.

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      Warren

      "Tough New York Gun Law May Hold Unintended Consequences" I hope that the politicians that wrote these laws get what's coming to them as a unintended consequence for them, impeached for violating constitutional law. 

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        archaeopteryx

        Question: Does mandatory reporting by doctors and hospitals of gunshot wounds have any beneficial advantages? "Might imposing a reporting requirement on" doctors and hospitals "expose them to homicidal danger once the client realizes that his" doctor or hospital "has breached the shell of confidentiality holding between them?"

        Question: Does mandatory reporting by teachers, hospitals, doctors and counselors of suspected child abuse or child sexual abuse have any beneficial advantages? Shouldn't we let these people "do their job rather than imposing requirements on them" while the abuse continues?

        After all, a pound of cure is worth an ounce of prevention --