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 "Arizona":

"… ling conclusion brought into sharp relief by the January shooting spree in Arizona that killed six and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. …"

"… rearms in five states — Virginia, West Virginia, Montana, New Mexico and Arizona — using counterfeit driver’s licenses with fictitious identifiers. Som …"

"… ting the existing restrictions.” Washington dithers In an op-ed in the Arizona Daily Star two months after the Tucson shootings, Obama launched his own c …"

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

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"… er $42 million. Of that, $17.4 million comes out of community-based mental health services. Last year, the state served 144,000 clients through its community mental …"

"… year’s proposed budget pulls $2 million from child and adolescent mental health services, a reduction that is expected to affect 165 families; $3 million is slated …"

"… d to affect 165 families; $3 million is slated to be cut from adult mental health services, impacting 2,000 adults, and $16.4 million worth of cuts would come from s …"

"… their parents; not all low-income adults are covered.A majority of mental health services are financed by Medicaid. In fiscal 2010, Medicaid enrollment growth avera …"

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 "Gabrielle Giffords":

"… in Tucson that killed six people and wounded 14, including Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was hosting a public meeting with constituents. Loughner, 22, was sus …"