Illinois Wants to Monitor Gun Owner's Social Media Accounts

Meanwhile, in a community with lots of gun laws that don't stop gun violence, people just don't seem to care about reality.

Illinois's Rep. Daniel Didech (a Democrat from an affluent suburb of Chicago), wants the government to investigated gun owner's social media accounts for signs of mental health issues.

Didech has proposed gun buyers reveal their public social media accounts to Illinois police before they’re allowed to acquire a firearm license.

Didech told CBS Chicago , “A lot of people who are having mental health issues will often post on their social media pages that they’re about to hurt themselves or others. We need to give those people the help they need.”

Didech has pointed out how the shooter from Florida's Parkland highschool posted images of guns, bullets and a dead frog to social media before going on a mass shooting.

Didech probably doesn't know this, but the Florida shooter's social media accounts were already on the radar of Federal agents and they did nothing.  The Parkland shooter's YouTube account was reported to the FBI but they were too busy investigating Russia and complaining about Trump to do anything about it.

Conservatives are definitely against Didech's idea, but so is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

A spokesperson for the ACLU-Illinois said the bill, "doesn’t say anything about how that list will be retained and for how long and what uses it might be put to."

The ACLU are concerned that law enforcement agents assigned to scan social media accounts may show bias, and that's a valid point.

Even still, Didech isn't detouring.

We'll have to wait and see how this one pans out. 

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