He would also clear away bureaucratic obstacles to data sharing among health care providers, government agencies and law enforcement.
That also would be helpful.
Other commentators have called for states to review their civil commitment laws. Attempts to redress the horrors of the state mental hospitals of the past have made it very difficult to secure and help individuals who could pose a threat to others today.
A better balance is needed.
The gun-control elements of the president's agenda will be reviewed in detail by the target population and defenders of liberty, and should be.
The mental health elements will also be reviewed by civil libertarians.
But the needle has moved a bit - from the simplistic view that targeting gun ownership would solve the problem to a recognition that mental illness and the
inadequate treatment of it are also components of the mass violence problem.
It's a more serious approach to preventing mass shootings. That in itself is progress.