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  •  Sane people vs sick people (0+ / 0-)

    Sane people with guns are not the problem, sick people with guns is the problem.

    Why are we mostly concentrating on gun control, when we should be focusing on the mental health aspect?

    Progressive, Independent, Unitarian, Vermonter.

    by Opinionated Ed on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 09:04:40 AM PST

    •  That's thorny too. (0+ / 0-)

      The people I know who own guns who shouldn't don't have problems that are definable under the statute. A drunk who's never had a DUI felony can still buy a gun. PTSD doesn't always mean they aren't safe to have a gun. (Some just cry like Boehner.)

      Mental issues are a problem for multiple problems, but denial should be listed first. Some family members like Ms. Lanza denied the seriousness of her son's illness to her death. The Aurora shooter's therapist started the process of intervention, but her governing board drug their feet.

      Then, there's the real concern that people with mental problems won't seek help, because if they do; they'll end up on a government list somewhere and will lose their basic civil rights.

      The mental health stigma is a real problem and until we think of mental illness the same way as we view MS, Lupus and the like; we're not likely to solve it.

      If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

      by JDWolverton on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 01:06:13 PM PST

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