Guns and Mental Illnesses, who has rights?

Is this an infringement of our Second Amendment rights or is this a just action of our American leadership. Since there is no magic wand that police and psychiatrists could use to catch and treat the next unstable mass shooter before the next massacre. Of course there isn’t. However, we are getting more information of the, dare I say culprits, who commit these horrific mass slaughter. William Spengler in Webster, Adam Lanza in Newtown, James Holmes in Aurora, Jared Loughner in Tucson, from what we’ve been told, all displayed clear signs of imbalance, at least by their deeds. Policymakers and the public must guard against remedies that unfairly target the mentally ill, circumscribe their civil liberties, aggravate the stigma that could prevent them from getting help and deny the resources to keep them — and everyone else — safe.

New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have introduced a “Fix Gun Checks” bill extending scrutiny to virtually all gun purchasers and barring those ordered to receive treatment for mental illness. It deserves to become law.


New York Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, seen here Jan. 4 on Capitol Hill, have proposed legislation further restricting access to firearms by people with mental illness

Here’s a definition of mental illness: A mental disorder or mental illness is a psychological pattern or anomaly, potentially reflected in behavior, that is generally associated with distress or disability, and which is not considered part of normal development of a person’s culture. Mental disorders are generally defined by a combination of how a person feels, acts, thinks or perceives. This may be associated with particular regions or functions of the brain or rest of the nervous system, often in a social context. The recognition and understanding of mental health conditions have changed over time and across cultures and there are still variations in definition, assessment and classification, although standard guideline criteria are widely used. In many cases, there appears to be a continuum between mental health and mental illness, making diagnosis complex.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.


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