I chose to put this in Social Issues and Civil unrest because it hurts my heart that so many conversations about the Connecticut tragedy are being
We are having conversations and debates about gun rights, regulations and controls. We are discussing conspiracy theories. There is even thread to
ban the mentally ill and lock them up in farms.
All of these things have been good emotional vents for people and I know people need to do these things to deal with the tragedy, sadness and
I have my own philosophy to life and it generally does not include more and more laws, regulations and incarcerations. Then I had an idea that
is...in general...not my typical thought path.
We are seeing petitions being used for many different things...from states seceding from the Union to plans for a death star to gun control. I had
Why not, instead of making new gun controls, we get a petition to give free mental health screenings and freed treatment? You go, you get screened.
If you are fine and dandy, you get to get your guns. If you are not totally sound, you get free treatment for your personal disorder. Everything
from regular mental health professional visits to your medication. This, to me, makes much more sense.
If we control guns, then yes...there will be less gun crimes. But there is still going to be crimes of violence due to mental instability. Doesn't
it make more sense to try and regulate the underlying problem than to diagnose a symptom? Gun violence is just one symptom of violence...but the real
issue behind violence is...well...a lot of people are not mentally stable. If I ever in my life saw a place for a public health plan...this would be
Your mental health professional (or a panel), after diagnosing your condition, could then decide if you are capable, stable and competent to own a
firearm. They could also, at that time...prescribe the necessary treatments and medications...
It's just a thought. I would prefer we diagnose the sick rather than attack our Constitution and create laws that inevitably effect the perfectly
sane and law abiding citizen...that is not fair to them.
Just my opinion.
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