I can understand your feeling over this matter, and on most points, I can agree with you.
NOT ALL mentally unstable humans will become mass slaughterers, but the ones who do commit mass slaughtering is certainly not sane.
The issue is how we define 'mentally ill'. Would a General Practitioner ( doctor) suffice? Or at the least, a national board of inquiry independent of
the govt, made up of experienced pyschology experts, to determine if one who is on 'controlled substances' as well as the truly violent to be declared
dangerous individuals, the way the supreme court operates?
While we may identify that it is NOT the tool that kills, but the human, however, at the same time, we mankind will not want ANYONE who is
disagreeable to the rulers or political dissenters be labelled as 'mentally unstable' and denied of their rights.
Conspiracy theorists would fit right in - those who believed that 911 was an inside job as they believed it to be and that they will courageously
stand up to protect the 2nd amendment. It will be them that will be deemed as mentally unfit, if a GP came to know and then that guy, who is merely
only speaking up freely on their beliefs and honestly on the part of defending the 2nd amendment, get his arms revoked and justified through the media
as a nutcase.
That example is just to show how easy it is to deprive one of constitutional rights. It has happened in China, N Korea, Iran, and many other
dictatorships, to silence the rest. Is this the road USA, the beacon of Democracy and Human Rights, wants to go?
Fighting VIOLENCE by humans will be a great challenge. Our ancestors fought long and hard and had only small but significant success. It will be
tough, but we cannot say it is impossible, do nothing, or at worst, eliminate tools and foolishly think violence will then go away.
And MOST CRITICALLY, when one is declared mentally ill, it MUST NOT STOP there, but ensure through research, funding and affordable treatment, to help
that fellow citizen be mentally well again to rejoin society, so that NONE gets left behind.
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