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(4,407 posts)
Mon Nov 6, 2017, 11:44 AM Nov 2017

Keeping people with mental health problems from having guns...

How can that really be done? We have to wait until they have already done something bad to identify them, right? In many of these cases the mass shooting (think paddock) is the first bad thing and then it is too late. The other option is to create a mental health database where we compromise everyone's confidentiality so some macho fools can own assault weapons.

I have an easier solution: ban assault weapons. Before you hit me back with the "we can'ts" and the gunsplaining, understand I will not be convinced that this is anything short of a lack of political resolve.

85 dead, 547 wounded in two shootings. How many would that have been if they only had hunting rifles?



(4,429 posts)
3. I agree
Mon Nov 6, 2017, 11:54 AM
Nov 2017

though there are SOME people that could be flagged when they appear on an in-patient unit. They'd have to be people who were severely mentally ill and/or dangerous. You can't just flag anyone who shows up with depression.

As far as I know, this would stop few mass killings. Nevertheless, it makes sense. People are routinely evaluated when they come in on commitment papers (they are called different things, in different states - 3 day forced evaluations). But, prior to discharge, the team could review the case and make a recommendation.

It should only take a phone call................


(34,682 posts)
5. Drain the swamp - Cure mental illness
Mon Nov 6, 2017, 11:57 AM
Nov 2017

* Provide treatment for good health for everyone, including the mentally ill. No right to healthcare is conflicting with the right to not shot.

* Remove stigma from mental illness. The mentally ill are less violent than the non-mentally ill. It is nothing to be ashamed of if one needs help here. We need to say there is nothing truly wrong with a person just because they are ill; not genetically, not spiritually, etc. There should be no obstructions to treatment; money or social.

* We need to de-normalize the effects of mental illness that can and do lead to violence though. Paranoia, isolation, black and white thinking, etc. There is plenty of 'neurotypical' institutions and norms which sadly normalize the most damaging effects of mental illness... reinforcing xenophobia, confirmation bias, binaries, and more.


(11,686 posts)
6. I think that ALL guns are an assault weapons.
Mon Nov 6, 2017, 12:30 PM
Nov 2017

If you can go out and kill people with any gun then they are assault weapons. Ban them all.


(4,448 posts)
7. I don't think we need to convince people like you
Mon Nov 6, 2017, 12:36 PM
Nov 2017

We need to convince people who make the laws.

And for better or for worse, if someone is going to write a law, they need to understand guns well enough to write a law effective enough to ban them.



(54,770 posts)
8. Howabout just assuming someone with lots of guns, ammo, ballistic vests, etc., are unstable until
Mon Nov 6, 2017, 12:42 PM
Nov 2017

proven otherwise.

I realize that would be profiling ignorant white wing racists who don't give a damn about society, but I don't really have a problem with that.


(4,407 posts)
12. A registry of gun owners I could deal with.
Mon Nov 6, 2017, 12:54 PM
Nov 2017

Good point. Let's monitor the gun owners, not those who receive mental health services.


(33,932 posts)
9. Ban "assault weapons" only if you really don't want to stop mass shootings, but want to feel good.
Mon Nov 6, 2017, 12:45 PM
Nov 2017

There hasn't been an "assault weapon" that would actually stop it.

Connecticut had a state-level AWB equivalent to the 1994 Federal AWB and the Lanza family legally owned an AR15 because they bought a rifle changed enough irrelevant cosmetic or ergonomic features to be legal.

The attempt to "strengthen" the AWB in 2013 required only that an AR owner changed the grip to something less ergonomic. AR15s would still have been legally bought and sold in the most recent attempt at a federal AWB.

The way I see it, you have to ban all semi-autos (or at least the ones with detachable magazines) to even reduce their effective firing rate. And there is no political will to do this because it would also include many popular rifles and shotguns.

You would do better address better, deeper NICS checks where prohibited persons are availed due process.


(4,407 posts)
11. All the guns involved in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs
Mon Nov 6, 2017, 12:51 PM
Nov 2017

were clearly assault weapons. And I grew up around excellent hunters who used bolt-action rifles. But I understand that you agree with me, there is no political will.

I will note, however, that the Right has been very successful in creating "political will" for some damn crazy stuff by just taking a position and repeatedly sticking with it. The left is not very good with that.


(32,146 posts)
10. Its just a distraction
Mon Nov 6, 2017, 12:50 PM
Nov 2017

A way to deflect from the real issue - the Militia is NOT well-regulated.

Firearm possession should come with RESPONSIBILITIES.

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