<quoted text>And how does the government address mental health before someone does a terrible act towards others?
They don't while they buying one, this is how it works.
Imagine someone’s teenage son starts cutting himself or your daughter develops anorexia.
They take them to get help and some mental health worker decides that they are a danger and reports them under the Safe Act. That one person, who has never met them before, gets to decide whether or not they lose their civil liberty and get reported to the FBI and this information becomes part of their background check. When that person applies to buy a gun they will be denied.
Then the important questions become:
Is there any appeal process?
How long will this haunt their lives?
How many people will not get treatment because of this?