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- keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill
- and the easier, yet less frequently discussed, to improve mental health care
While I’m all for the second one, the first would be a very bad idea.
- Someone who is drunk.
- Alcohol consumption is responsible for a huge chunk of violent crimes.
- Especially assaults with firearms.
- While 0.3% of the schizophrenic have killed people, most of them were drunk or otherwise high on something.
- Jared Lee Loughner had a history of substance abuse and extremist politics that began before any signs of schizophrenia.
- Even living in an area where they sell a lot of booze is dangerous.
- Cocaine makes people kill as well, and other illicit drugs cause their share of problems, but alcohol is cheaper, legal, and has had way more studies published about it.
- Major Nidal Hasan is a fratricidal traitor, but not mentally ill. In spite of NPR’s best efforts to prove otherwise.
- Wade Page, who was a violent bigot, with a worldview reasonable people may have a hard time understanding, but was not mentally ill.
- Anders Breivik’s worldview is even more difficult to understand, but he is not mentally ill.
- Ali Sayed may have played far too many violent video games, but he was not mentally ill.
- Former LAPD officer Chris Dorner may have felt he had no other option in resolving the workplace problems he had, but he was not mentally ill.
- Bruce Pardo, who dressed up like Santa and, on Christmas Eve 2008, killed his ex-wife and almost all of her family, nine people in all, with a homemade flamethrower, was acting upon the overwhelming rage many people feel when you combine a messy divorce with severe financial problems. He had a plan to get to Canada, and he would have made it if he didn’t end up burning himself with his homemade napalm. He was a horrible person, but he was not mentally ill.
- The same can said for every family annihilator who kills a bunch of people he feels were responsible for getting him fired, his family, and himself.
Everything, these days, seems to be an illness. Lets boil it down. You’re either worth a hoot or you’re not. The cost factor of mental ‘problem’ treatment is a bottomless pit, and taxes are already way too high. There is no cure. Cull the herd. Historically, the T-4 program was very effective, reliable, and cost effective.
No matter what is done to determine if someone cannot own a firearm due to mental impairment, we need to remove the Category of Prohibited Persons (PCA) code, and other codes that would be deprecated by its removal (reporting agency, relationship to victim, and any I’ve overlooked), from the part of the NICS database that can be accessed by licensed firearms dealers and whoever else you decide can look at it regarding firearms transactions. Our medical records, even a summary like our diagnosis, cannot be included. The only people who should have access to the PCA and reporting agency are individuals requesting their own records. I assume someone with a domestic-violence disqualification can’t see things like reporting person and their relationship, otherwise that’s a huge problem along completely different lines. Law-enforcement officials are the only people who have anything close to a legitimate reason to know the entire reason why someone is not allowed to own a gun. While I don’t particularly like that either, I can learn to live with it.