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Most people would agree that the most effective way to prevent violence by people with mental illness is to provide better screening and access to effective treatment for mental illness, especially for children and adolescents. Most people also agree that guns should be removed from people with mental illness who are dangerous, but disagree on how that can be done without infringing on the rights of the vast majority of people with mental illness who have never been and never will be violent. The evidence reveals that the vast majority of individuals with psychiatric disorders do not commit violent acts. Ninety-six percent of firearm violence is committed by persons with no history of mental illness. And only certain serious psychiatric illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, are associated with a risk of violence to others, and major depressive disorder with a risk of violence to self, or suicide. Broad brush prohibitions focusing on the status of the individual instead of their risk adds to the already stigmatizing effects of a mental illness diagnosis. In addition, such actions may discourage those most at risk of committing violent acts from seeking the treatment they need. This article reviews current federal and state law on gun prohibitions for people with mental illness, the background check process and proposals for change in order to inform the public policy debate on the best methods to reduce violence.
In 2007, NAMI testified before Congress, explaining how current definitions in the law are vague, leading to holes in compliance and enforcement. To date, there has been no effort in Congress to change the law—thoughtfully and carefully—in a way that is not only overly broad, but also avoids unfair, damaging discrimination. One paramount concern is to avoid creating a situation where people are in fact discouraged from getting help when they need it because of speculative fear over stigma. It’s worth having public dialogue about making gun laws more effective. But extreme, broad-brushed rhetoric that ignores medical science, modern definitions and actual risk factors will only detract from the discussion.
i think sexual orentation has been added to the list ,so just as a law saying no blacks/african americans could own fire arms would be unconstitutional same for saying LGBTQ people couldn't own them would also be illegal so how would it be legal to say that the mentally ill(disabled under current terminology) cant own guns as again they are a protected class as well?
Race – Civil Rights Act of 1964 Color – Civil Rights Act of 1964 Religion – Civil Rights Act of 1964 National origin – Civil Rights Act of 1964 Age (40 and over) – Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 Sex – Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Civil Rights Act of 1964 Pregnancy – Pregnancy Discrimination Act Citizenship – Immigration Reform and Control Act Familial status – Civil Rights Act of 1968 Title VIII: Housing cannot discriminate for having children, with an exception for senior housing Disability status – Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Veteran status – Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act Genetic information – Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
originally posted by: boymonkey74
a reply to: ReadLeader
It could be an idea couldn't it? I mean instead of arguing lets all come up with ideas to help keep the kids safe in school.
He has never said that was why or at least, if he has, it has never been reported.