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  •  You have to find the moron mentally ill first (1+ / 0-)
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    If you're talking about disarming before a crime...
    You can disarm every moron in America as soon as you put each and every single one of them in court and find them legally insane and/or a danger to the public.  But that pretty much means taking all rights away from them.  They don't get to own so much as a pointy stick.  No cars, knives or chainsaws either.  If they are so mentally unstable that they can't be trusted with a gun, they can't be trusted at all.

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      DefendOurConstitution, coquiero

      If you shoot yourself or someone else, you have proved that you are a danger to yourself or others - very, very clearly. I mean, there's a bullet lodged in someone that proves you could not handle the gun safely.

      I don't think we have to add "mentally ill" to the list in order for it to be legitimate to take all guns away from someone who demonstrates so clearly that they are incapable of proper gun handling. Proving that you are a danger by actually shooting someone is all that should be needed to remove your right to have guns. I would not then extend that to cars and knives (or pointy sticks), unless you also grievously harm yourself or someone else with one of those objects.

      I could see allowing a cooling off period, followed by a whole slew of safety training courses, special insurance, and inspected lock-boxes to earn reinstatement of the right to have a gun, but no second chances if the shooting was intentional (attempted suicide or assault) - no matter who was shot. In either of those cases you're incapable of handling your anger, incapable of handling depression, or you have another mental illness.

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