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    I'm glad you posted this article, even if you did mix up the facts on the case of the NY man whose gun permits were revoked.

    Because you have pointed out some very tricky and difficult questions our society must ask itself regarding our gun policy.

    Gun enthusiasts have repeatedly told us that the high number of shooting injuries are not due to guns per se, but to mental illness.  And that we should mak an effort to control mental illness, not access to guns.

    Well, as you have pointed out, things like anxiety and  alcoholism are not only bono fide mental illnesses (according to psychiatrists) but are also very common.  And if we start banning guns from the hands of the mentally ill, then many people who today can legally own guns will be forbidden to own guns.

    There are many good reasons why we might want to prohibt guns from people with alcoholism or other drug dependencies: there is a strong correlation between alcoholism and crime, a high correlation of alcoholism and suicide, and alcoholics are capable of irrational thoughts and behaviors (like deciding to shoot up a school or theater).

    Moreover, the vast majority of gun owners would not be willing to submit to a mental health check-up as a prerequisite for purchases of guns and ammo.

    I suggest that trying to change the focus from the problems of guns to the problems of mental illness will result in more problems, not fewer.

    I myself would love to see the problem of mental illness get more attention and badly needed funding.  But the problem of gun injuries is a separate problem and should be addressed as a separate problem.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 11:58:07 AM PDT

    •  This is an imporant disucssion. (1+ / 0-)
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      This could have been an edge case.  Some people with mental health conditions like schizophrenia, sociopathy and difficult to treat cases of depression should be no where near a gun.  Others like people with mild depression or anxiety clearly are not threat to themselves or others and there is no reason to disarm them.  

      Gender Identity disorder clearly does not make one dangerous to others (correct me if I am wrong but untreated, it can lead to suicide).  

      Presently, there is no evidence based test that can predict future violent behavior.  So requiring every prospective gun owner to get a psychological evaluation does not make much sense.

      Presently on the federal level, any person who has been involuntarily committed to receive mental health care is barred from owning firearms.  Any person who is addicted a federally controlled substance may not purchase a firearm.  Both of these are asked on the 4473.  Lying is a felony that is rarely prosecuted.  

      I want to reduce morbidity and mortality and the most effective way to do it is to end the war on drugs and remove lead paint from all housing.  

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