I am not pro gun. But I am realistic, and the reality, sadly, seems to be that guns aren't going anywhere in the U.S., no matter the number of massacres, shootings on live T.V., etc. But there has to be a better way to keep guns out of the hands of people who intend to cause random mayhem fueled by anger rooted in instability. In so many of these recent senseless acts of violence, there were warning signs. In many cases, there was documentation of these warning signs, from mental health professionals, and even from police. As it stands now, when you try to buy a gun, a background check is run. But all it checks for is prior convictions in a standard police database. What if there were another database? What if any time you were escorted out of a building by police, even if you weren't arrested, as was the case of the Virgina news reporter upon his termination at work, that police intervention was recorded, not as part of any criminal record, but as part of a special gun-only database? What if when your parents brought you to a hospital for a psychiatric work up, like Adam Lanza's mom did, and the doctors noted serious issues, as they did with Adam Lanza, it went into the gun-only database? This database would not affect your ability to get a loan, a job, a visa, etc. It is accessible ONLY when you try to buy a gun. It would not contain any details of an individual's run ins with the law (which could cover many things, including aggressive behavior, domestic violence, etc., anything reported to and responded to by police), or exact medical details. It would simply show a big red X next to the person's name. If you had some kind of aggravated run in with the law, or were deemed mentally problematic by a medical professional...you can not have a gun. Period. And by association, the parent of any minor with a red X report in the database likewise can not obtain a gun or a gun license. Maybe the record could be wiped clean after 10 years without incident. Ten years is lots of time for a distraught teenager to get help, or a disgruntled ex employee to cool down. Yes, it would be an invasion of privacy and infringe on some rights. Yes, some good kids who did something dumb won't get a gun for 10 years because of it. Too bad. We gotta figure out something. If there was any way this could work to keep even one shooting from happening, I'd be all for it.