Make drug use part of background checks

I have read the Herald editorials about firearms used in horrific acts of violence and noted the usual talking points calling for “reasonable” legislation and criticism of alternate solutions while devoid of presenting actual ideas for solutions.

In contrast, I would like to present a fact and a possible constructive suggestion.

In the latest mass shootings, the shooters have been on prescribed psychotropic drugs that have warnings of suicidal effects. This has been partly admitted by the Herald in stating the shooters were on a suicide mission.

Since we are in an era of government-controlled health administration, we now could require all doctors prescribing drugs with suicidal warnings to enter this information into the database accessed in a firearms background check and make it available to local law enforcement conducting routine records and warrant checks.

Does this suggestion fit the Herald’s definition of “reasonable?”

Ward Olson

Durango