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Patrick Richardson


January 16, 2013 - 3:07 pm

Not mine. Mine are not printable.

However Michael Z. Williamson, the redoubtable author of works such as “Better to Beg Forgiveness” did have a couple which are marginally more printable than mine.

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

Meaning “nothing.”  This is supposed to already exist.  The mass of the bureaucracy makes it awkward, and adding more bureaucracy is not the answer.

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

So, abolish HIPAA?  Because that’s exactly what it does in this case.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

More nothing.

Read the rest here, language warning.

Patrick Richardson has been a journalist for almost 15 years and an inveterate geek all his life. He blogs regularly at, which aims to be like another SF magazine, just not so serious.
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