I do think seeing guns in public scares some people and they have rights too. Just because someone has the right to carry a gun doesn't mean someone should be scared by that right. I understand the very sight of guns can cause people anxiety and fear. They have rights and their rights need to be protected also.
Wheekers I don't know the statistics on that either but just from memory hearing about the mass shootings I think you're right. That's part of why I think tougher gun laws won't stop the mass shootings. Outside of a ban and confiscation like Australia has I don't think we can stop or minimize this problem with more strict gun laws alone.
I haven't check statistics, but many years ago, when I was an advocate in the field of stigma and mental illness, people with MI were far far mroe likely to be the victim of a crime, rather than its perpetrator.
Are we just going to broad stroke and say that everyone who randomly kills people must be "crazy"? It's easy to spread that around without thinking about it. But killing someone doesn't automatically mean you have a diagnosed MI.
Not all people who have a MI commit violent crimes, and not all people who commit violent crimes have a MI.
I've never believed this rise in mass killings is about mental illness, as much as I don't think more gun control laws will help.
I have my theories but think I should keep them to myself. I don't think I could explain it in a post and don't want to offend. I am sorry if you thought I was blaming mental illness, I'm not.
I'm very impressed by how much thought you've given this issue and how clearly you do articulate your thoughts. It's a rough subject, and discussing it in a thread is even more challenging.
That said, I sure do not feel you can lump people together as a danger in this way. There are way too many wonderful people in these identified groups.
I think one (of again many ) is wanting infamy. I could list dozens of other triggers like I tried to last night, but didn't want to call out. I kept writing, then deleting repeatidly.
It's cool Jac. We're good.
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This country still refuses to acknowledge that mental illness is a biologically based illness, just like diabetes. All you have to do is look at health care coverage, and you'll see the great inequity. I have, for years, been paying out of pocket for my mental health treatment because my insurance plan refuses to cover it. Some years it's been as high as $12K. And so my treatment plan is based on what I can afford, not what I need.
And imagine having an illness that distorts reality, where you're anxious and depressed and hearing screaming voices in your head, and then being confronted with people with guns, who are yelling at you without really comprehending why.
Yeah, they're not the dangerous ones in that scenario.
Here's photo of her husband Chris with friends when he was alive and everything seemed possible. Can you guess which one is gpig?
- And got the T-shirt
Nothing changed. The only change I see is there will be 200 more ATF agents and $4 million upgrade of NICS system to ensure required functionality... functions.
Did I miss something? Honest, I really don’t see any changes and there seemed to be such a buildup to the speech. Ensuring the NICS system works is something everyone is for, so that’s good but....