Editorial

Say 'no' to depression screening

Friday, February 12, 2016

The United States Preventive Services Task Force has recommended mandatory depression screening for all Americans in order to identify individuals who should not be denied the right to own firearms and perhaps be denied other rights.

That is a bad idea. Not only would the procedure be prohibitively expensive it would be the first step in identifying people for less-than-complete citizenship based on subjective evaluations without due process. Criminal convictions and involuntary committal require due process in an environment that is as objective as possible. Restrictions of rights should be limited to those situations.