In a phone conversation, he said he went too far when he said during the news conference that mentally ill people should be monitored.
“Monitor, I think, is too strong a word, because I don’t know what the experts would say.”
The main thing, he said, is finding a way to help people who have mental illnesses.
“I didn’t have specific guidelines,” he said. “I certainly didn’t want to come across that because you have a mental health, you’re on a registry. Is that one solution? Perhaps.”
How would he determine whether a mentally ill person should be included on the list?
Staadecker said: “If they were admitted to a mental-health hospital. … Actually, let me just think about this.”