Badly flawed background check system fails to contain firearms sales

By Rick Schmitt

Background check system is plagued by a host of data problems, loopholes and disputes over just who should be barred.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Secret Service":

"… a bullet in the President’s head." The information made its way to the Secret Service, which interviewed Geisel on Aug. 1, the same day Obama arrived in St. Pet …"

"… ing commitment records with law enforcement. After Geisel’s arrest, the Secret Service notified the ATF office in Maine, which tied Geisel to purchases of five o …"

"… . He could not be reached, and his attorney declined comment. He told the Secret Service that he had been a victim of physical and emotional abuse when he was youn …"

Despite Tucson and rising needs, mental health takes a back budget seat

By Amy Biegelsen

States have cut $2.1 billion from their mental health budgets over the last three fiscal years, and more slashing is expected in coming week

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alaska":

"… tween 2009 and 2011, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Alaska dropped mental health spending by 35 percent and South Carolina and Arizon …"

Tucson shooter was troubled, but could still buy a gun

By Kimberly Leonard

The months-long pattern of bizarre behavior by alleged Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner has once again raised questions about what sort of

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… s to report high-risk buyers with documented mental health problems to the federal government. It aimed to increase the number of people that were banned from purchasin …"