This letter has some very interesting and truthful points in it. Except for the
last paragraph, it's spot on.It's also VERY interesting
that no one else has commented on it so far.The main thing I see
here is that it is much easier to try to develop some common sense gun safety
laws than it will be to solve our national mental health care problems.But until we can find some good alternatives to what we have now, and find
ways to identify and report people with possible mental issues to prevent them
from obtaining guns, we need something else.Perhaps that something
else is finding ways to safely and sensibly limit guns.
"Safely and sensibly limit guns"? If by that you mean keeping them from
the seriously mentally ill then I completely agree with you. But if you mean
limiting the right of law abiding citizens to carry weapons then I could not
disagree more. Studies have shown that concealed permit carriers commit fewer
crimes than off duty police officers. Since 1955 every single mass shooting but
one in the USA has occurred in a "gun free zone".
one old manWhereas I agree with the sentiment of indentifying and
reporting those with mental illness, I see it as a situation just begging to be
abused. Get into an argument with my neighbor? Report him as mentally ill. My
girlfriend cheated on me? Mentally ill. The guy she cheated with? Mentally ill.
I feel like being a jerk? Random person is mentally ill. Somebody looks or
dresses differently? Mentally ill. Speaks a different language? Mentally ill.