One of the common threads among those who commit school shootings in the United States is, in addition to an access to guns, is some sort of mental instability. Often, those who are intent on mass shootings are angry people, as evidenced on social media. Those close to them often noticed some change in their behavior. These should be red flags of what they are capable of, but too often we don’t discover that smoking gun until it is too late. That’s why Wisconsin should join about a dozen other states in adopting a so-called Red Flag Law. Wisconsin’s new Attorney General Josh Kaul is recommending Wisconsin adopt this law, which allows family members or law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily disarm those who may be intent on injuring themselves or others. Thirteen states currently have such a law in place, and statistics suggest the law is working. Connecticut and Indiana have had a red flag law in place the longest, and both states have seen a decrease in firearm related suicides. The impact on the murder rate is less clear, but that too is under study. Such a law would allow the courts to temporarily to disarm those who are showing unstable behavior. This makes sense and could reduce the number of mass shootings. It makes sense that family members petition the courts, as they are most likely to be witness to the troubling behavior of their loved ones. We need to make our schools as safe as possible. A red flag law would be one more way to do that.