The United States Congress has just passed a new bill providing financial incentives to states that submit mental health information to the national firearm background-check database. Such information could prevent guns from getting into the hands of mentally ill individuals like Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech. Of course, one might wonder why this provision didn't exist already. Or, why the new bill doesn't require each state to submit mental health information.
I guess you could also ask why a civilized society permits handguns at all. Just a thought.
Still, it's a baby step for a nation in the dark ages of gun control. At this point, any forward progress has to be taken as a good thing.
It remains to be seen if the new bill will be passed by the Senate, and signed into law by George Bush.