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  •  How do you know who is mentally ill? (3+ / 0-)

    The only people you'll be able to identify as MI are the ones who are already diagnosed and in treatment.  Somebody who is in treatment and under a physician's care is much less likely to be a threat than somebody who is not diagnosed and in treatment.

    The effect of this approach will be to discourage potentially MI gun owners from getting help, thereby increasing the likelihood that they will use them in an act of violence.

    Singling out those of us who have been stable and in treatment for years isn't going to help anyone.

    The only answer here is to provide robust community mental health care for anyone who needs it.  

    •  It might also stop someone from seeking help if (3+ / 0-)

      they think a mild condition would somehow take away their rights.  We should define it.  

      Is postpartum depression or anxiety that requires medication during grad school or depression caused from a death in family going to bar someone from owning a gun the rest of their lives?  Just some examples.

      •  PTSD. n/t (0+ / 0-)

        "The Taibbi article is a defense of status quo" -- citizen k

        by happymisanthropy on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 06:52:08 PM PST

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      •  This ^^^ (1+ / 0-)
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        I would be very very upset if my bought with post-natal depression 10 years ago or my stress related anxiety issues from my previous job suddenly resulted in me being declared "unfit" to own my guns.

        These types of fears are what fuel my right-wing friends. Most of them are already terrified to seek mental health treatment when necessary. Had to convince my friend Dan to go to the doc for anxiety recently-- by reminding him that I have purchased guns since being treated for those mild conditions.

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