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Letter: Civil rights and the mentally ill

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  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    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.

  • Jack47 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    "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".

  • cavetroll SANDY, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    one old man

    Whereas 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.