Hi folks its J, the original Dremulf. I want to talk a bit about gun control, or rather the way people are trying to take it.
First of all, there is very little connection between mental illness large scale mass shootings. In fact so few Mass shootings have involved people who actually suffered a mental illness, that its absolutely ridiculous that people seem to think its only done by a mentally ill person.
To understand this you have to look at it rationally, without taking notice of political statements.
A person who suffers the kind of mental illness that would lead to third party violence (violence against someone who is not directly related to the person) lack the organizational skills to plan ahead for such a crime. In fact the few times a mass shooting has involved a mentally ill person, it involved a single firearm, usually a revolver or other hand gun, and with a small amount of ammo. These mass shootings resulted in fewer than 10 injuries and deaths per shooting.
When someone takes the time to plan the way they go about it, to buy multiple or, large capacity firearms, and well, a shit ton of ammo, it is a proof that they are not mentally ill, because mentally ill people do not have that kind of capacity to plan ahead their violence.
Mass shootings by the mentally ill are typically a heat of the moment thing, something sets them off, and they overreact. Like a kid throwing a tantrum in the store, only you know with guns and blood.
Mass shootings by people who are ‘disturbed’ is a whole different matter. being a fucking lunatic is not the same as being mentally ill. The kind of crazy that it takes to be willing to take a large number of lives for little to no reason is not a chemical or neurological thing, its a personality thing, a behavioral thing.
I know a lot of people who take the time to read this are going to say “Well what about those Columbine boys?”
No they were not mentally ill. People are gonna say they are, but its not true. Why? because being violent does not make you mentally ill. That’s like saying being bald means you have cancer.
And the reason for this posting? Republicans and Democrats, Conservatives and Liberals, have found common ground for a new Gun Control law. Barring anyone who seeks medical attention for a mental illness from purchasing or owning a firearm. And it doesn’t stop at not letting them buy them, it goes so far, in the wording of this bill that has gotten support from multiple politicians from both sides, as to say that once a person has been confirmed to have been treated, their weapons in their home will be taken from them. So if you owned a handgun, and went to see a counselor about feeling mildly depressed after a funeral, they will take your gun.
Try to bear in mind, roughly a 1/3 of the US population is actively seeking treatment for a number of mental illnesses, and the CDC reports that about 2/3 of the population has at one time sought professional help.
The people this will most affect are not even normal citizens, but soldiers who suffer PTSD because they fought for the bill of rights. It will affect the rights of women who have been raped and want to protect themselves, and it will affect the millions of people who went to see a professional after a tragic loss.
Do I believe that some people should not be able to own guns? yes I do. But I don’t think you should be able to deny a constitutional right to 2/3 of the American population based on a highly inaccurate stereotype.
That would be like saying Blacks cant own guns because of the high rate at which they kill other people. Its WRONG.