BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Maine State Police say
44-percent of Maine cities or towns issue concealed weapons
permits before conducting a mental health background check. State
police, however, have a potential solution.
They want to create a database with the names of people who deal with
mental health issues so they can be checked before issuing a permit.
This has been the driving force behind the gun laws debate especially
with Newtown and the Aurora shootings. But some mental health
professionals question if this database is the answer.
Licensed clinical social worker, Bill Donahue, has worked in the
field for more than three decades. According to him most people who seek
treatment are not a danger to the public. It is the individual who
suffers with a mental illness who doesn't seek or can't afford treatment
that worries him. The real change needs to come from the accessibility
of mental health treatment.
Donahue said,"I'm not sure the database doesn't give some false
security because most people probably aren't in the database who are
dangerous and the database. There's a lot of people in the database who
wouldn't be able to whose information is there and probably not a risk
Under the new healthcare reform mental health is included in the
coverage and President Obama has pushed to make mental health treatment
According to Donahue, it needs to be something society as a whole works to help.