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 "Bush administration":

"… National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), Congress and the Bush administration took decisive action to shore up the joint state-federal operation, which …"

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 "Medicine":

"… eated, severe mental illnesses. According to a 2005 New England Journal of Medicine article, only about half of the people with serious mental illnesses recei …"

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 "Pima Community College":

"… blic meeting with constituents. Loughner, 22, was suspended last year from Pima Community College following a series of widely reported outbursts in a mathematics class. Co …"

"… ions would have excluded Loughner from the list in subsequent reports. And Pima Community College was under no affirmative legal requirement to submit records of his mental …"