Who thinks we should let the mentally ill buy firearms? Yes, thank you, I know it’s a ridiculous question. Probably the longest standing member of the NRA would vote “Nyet” on that notion.
So what’s the problem? The problem is defining who is “mentally ill.” Virtually all of my Democrat readers (and my wife) believe that I am mentally ill. From that perspective it may actually be easier to ask, “Who isn’t mentally ill?” And, most importantly, who do we give the power to decide the answer?
If you ask the media, President Trump is “mentally ill.” He’s allowed to command the most powerful armed force in the history of the world, but the left wouldn’t want him to handle a firearm. And this is after the President chimed in, saying recently, “I don’t want mentally ill people to be having guns.”
[Source: Gun control from the mentally ill isn’t the easy answer some suggest. By the Las Vegas Review Journal Editorial Board]
[From the Editorial] In 2017, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 8.3 million adults are experiencing serious psychological distress. The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that in a given year, 20 percent of Americans experience a mental illness. That’s more than 43 million people. Next year, millions of new people will join that list as others get better and move off the list. More than 13 percent of boys receive an ADHD diagnosis.
Keeping everyone who has had a mental illness or disorder from owning a gun could end up eviscerating the constitutional rights of many people who are not a danger to anybody.
If one looks at the perspective of a leftist par excellence, Barack Hussein Obama, he proposed that anyone receiving Social Security disability payments who also had a mental disorder should fail a background check. To some extent many might think that reasonable until they learn that “an eating disorder” puts one on “the list.” (Twenty-three national disability groups opposed the Obama rule – it never went into effect.) And, by the by, how many of you are aware that it’s already illegal under federal law to sell a firearm to someone who “has been adjudicated as a mental defective.” (And again, my Democrat readers would put me on the “the list.”)
A federal law that has been on the books since 2008 makes it mandatory for mental health records to be submitted to a national database. That is the data base that is “checked” before a firearm is sold. Virtually everyone agrees that Nicholas Cruz is NUTS. So how did he get ANY GUN? (I like to put all of my pencils in a straight line. NO GUN FOR ME!)
If Congress attempts to do this in any meaningful way the Supreme Court will vote 9 to zero that it abridges our 4th Amendment rights.
And thanks to BC for sending this to me.