Guns for the mentally ill

Gun_Crazy_(1950_film)_poster_cropAfter the latest shooting at Fort Hood, which was committed by a mentally-ill soldier with a spotty performance record, who was on numerous psychotropic medications, who never saw any combat (and thus the anti-military liberals cannot chalk up the crime to PTSD), the cry has once again gone out to leave law-abiding gun owners alone and go after crazy people to keep them from getting guns.

And as I said before, this is a dangerous position for a gun owner to take.

We have all seen how the justice system has twisted itself into a pretzel to ignore due process for gun owners when there is an unproven allegation of domestic violence.  Gun owners used to be safe in their second amendment rights until they had been convicted of a violent felony.  No longer.  An unproven allegation of a misdemeanor is all that it takes to lose your second amendment rights.

And when gun owners mindless declare that the government should “take guns away from crazy people”, they forget that the people who would decide what constitutes “crazy” are the same people who have openly declared themselves to be irrationally anti-gun.  Medicine is notorious for pursuing fads and junk science; to expect them to respect the second amendment is dangerously naive.  And most of them cannot reach a scientifically-valid consensus on the definitions of most mental illnesses.  They just publish laundry lists of symptoms to define an illness, many of which are redundant with the descriptions of other mental illnesses.

Blaming the psychotropic drugs is a risky path as well.  I think that the drugs themselves are dangerous.  And the conditions for which they are described can be hazardous as well.  But can any of us guarantee that the AMA won’t advise the government to ban anyone who has ever taken an anti-depressant, anti-anxiety or mood stabilizer medication from gun ownership forever?  How many troubled people would deny their problems and avoid treatment to preserve their rights?

And right now, the ATF is trying to change the rules for determining who is mentally unfit to own a gun.

What has not happened is any serious evaluation of the foolish prohibition on gun ownership in military facilities.  The military gun-free zones have proven to be deadly to law-abiding service personnel, and the military has proven to be criminally inept in keeping illegal guns out as well as tardy and inadequate in their responses to violent acts on their property.  The base commander at Fort Hood should be in the stockade for his failure to protect those people under his authority.

But be careful in calling for action against crazy people owning guns.  You might just find yourself labeled “crazy”.