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Gun-Control Proponents to Make Mental Illness ‘Centerpiece’ of New Legislative Effort

Navy was told about Aug. 7 incident where Aaron Alexis shared paranoid delusions with police officers.

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Bridget Johnson

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September 17, 2013 - 7:53 pm
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WASHINGTON — As more information trickled out about the Navy Yard shooter today, gun-control advocates noted an upcoming shift in their congressional strategy.

The FBI battled back against a story that the Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 in the Monday morning rampage, used an AR-15.

“In regards to the weapons used by Mr. Alexis, there has been a lot of information circulating in the media over the past day,” Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge at the FBI Washington field office, said at a press conference. “Once again, we caution against obtaining information from unofficial sources, and we ask that all inquiries be directed to the FBI.”

“At this time, we believe that Mr. Alexis entered building 197 at the Navy Yard with a shotgun. We do not have any information at this time that he had an AR-15 in his possession,” Parlave continued. “We also believe Mr. Alexis may have gained access to a handgun once inside the facility and after he began shooting. As previously mentioned, Mr. Alexis had legitimate access to the Navy Yard as a result of his work as a contractor, and he utilized a valid pass to gain entry to the building.”

The portrait that emerged of Alexis showed a man with anger-management issues who had experienced scrapes with the law including disorderly conduct, shooting out tires over a parking dispute and shooting through the ceiling of his apartment into another unit.

Perhaps the most alarming account to emerge, though, was the release of a Newport, R.I., police report from Aug. 7 in which the traveling contractor told officers he summoned to his hotel that voices through the wall were threatening him.

The report says Alexis thought three people were sent “to follow him and keep him awake by talking to him and sending vibrations into his body.” He also told cops that he didn’t have mental illness.

The Newport police faxed a copy of the report to naval station police the same day; the sergeant in charge said the naval cop on duty told him they would “follow up on this subject and determine if he is in fact a naval base contractor.” Six weeks later, Alexis bought a Remington shotgun and ammunition in Virginia and, two days later, entered the Navy Yard in D.C. where he went on his shooting spree.

Alexis reportedly tested an AR-15 at the gun store, but was prohibited from buying it because he was from out of state.

A champion of the Senate gun-control effort after the Newtown shooting made clear today that proponents of stricter laws would lead with the revelations of Alexis’ apparent paranoia and delusions.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said on the Senate floor today that “the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard makes clear that, as we said in the wake of Newtown, these kinds of mass killings can happen anywhere, any school, any community – in Newtown, the quintessential New England town or at the Washington Navy Yard, a supposedly secure military facility.”

“And we need to make sure that it happens nowhere. Let us make a mental health initiative, a centerpiece of this renewal and reinvigoration of our effort to stop gun violence,” Blumenthal continued. “Let us combine it with background checks and other commonsense measures. Bring back this issue and these measures. We are not going away. We are not giving up.”

Another proponent of the original gun-control effort this Congress said he still wants to push for an assault weapons ban and limits on ammunition capacity, but also stressed the mental health angle.

“We must take steps to strengthen our mental health system so that individuals who need help with mental illness can get appropriate help and not have access to hand guns or other weapons,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.). “Despite lobbying efforts to the contrary, I know that we can protect our communities while still protecting the Constitutional rights of legitimate hunters and existing gun owners.”

Gun-control proponents incorporated the question of sales to those with mental conditions into their efforts after the Newtown shooting — but opted to focus more on the type of weapon than the person behind the gun. Additional restrictions on those who have been seen for mental health issues wades into a stickier debate of determining which conditions would have to be reported and who makes a determination that a person isn’t mentally stable enough to purchase and possess a gun.

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Along with religion (unless it's Islam), blue eyes, light hair, and attraction to the opposite sex.
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Shortly, we will hear that the new DSM-VI will list Conservatism as a Mental Illness.
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"Navy was told about Aug. 7 incident where Aaron Alexis shared paranoid delusions with police officers."

But they were scared you-know-whatless of "affirmative action" and being called "racists". And Alexis has been reported as having already said he was not being promoted because of his color, so they took the easy way out and just hoped he would not go off too bad. Just like in the Army with Hasan at Fort Hood. In both the Army and the Navy "affirmative action" and 'diversity" now trumps security and the lives of Amry and Navy personnel.
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Yes the objective of the left is set in stone. The only variable for them is time. In their minds, they already have the guns of freedom loving Americans.
48 weeks ago
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Many of the mass murder crimes have been committed by mentally people. When the privacy rights etc.. of these people are over-emphasized, many completely innocent people lose all rights.
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Did you know that, like pResident Obama, any given "mental health professional" already has the authority to lock a person up indefinitely without any need to apply to a judge for a warrant, merely on their say-so? Scary!
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Who needs proof of a crime, nor even of an intent to commit a crime, any more, when defensively pre-emptive and crime-preventative liberal laws can pre-judge everyone in advance as guilty until never proven innocent?!
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All any of these so-called "gun control laws" can ever do, is to slander the whole population as guilty until never proven innocent; i.e: "SINCE you have guns, therefore you WILL use them to commit crimes, and NOT to defend yourselves and innocent others, SO we have to take them all away from you first, you criminals!"

Since these slanderous laws accuse everyone without proof, they are by definition also prejudicial frauds, and as such, are illegal crimes in themselves, not valid laws at all.

Guns exist. They will never again not-exist. More laws do not equal order. In general, no force or police or laws are necessary among free citizens who can and will govern themselves, while the opposite is: no amount of force or police or laws are enough for a people who CANNOT - or will not - govern themselves.
49 weeks ago
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One of the earliest examples of weapon control (before guns even existed) was from the Odyssey, where Homer wrote how
“The blade itself incites to deeds of violence”–Homer (Odyssey Book 19).

Sounds good, right? Who could argue that weapons "cause" violence? Certainly not a liberal bedwetter! But when one looks beneath the surface of this meme, one always finds a potential murderer, tempting his victims
to disarm them selves, to make his bloody work easier for him:

In chapter 19 of the Odyssey, Odysseus has returned to Ithaca after many years wandering the sea and fending of monsters and other horrors (which is what you get when you piss off Poseidon just before a sea voyage home). He is in disguise so that he can test his wife’s faithfulness to him while he has been gone, and he has reason to worry since a pack of parasitic suitors has been crashing at his pad continually during his absence. Odysseus conspires with his son, Telemachus, to kill the suitors once he is certain of his wife’s faithfulness and reveals himself, and so he tells his son to hide all of the weapons except for two spears and two shields for him and his son.

He tells Telemachus that if anyone asks why the weapons and armor are stowed away to make an excuse, to say that they have grown tarnished and embarrassing to look at, and that weapons themselves incite violence.

This is all to lull the suitors into a false sense of security and leave them unarmed at the opportune moment.

It reminds me of that Jack Handy quote, “I can imagine a world without war and without violence, and I can imagine us attacking that world because they’d never expect it.”

;-)
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Interesting. Sounds like our government.
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Of course they will. All pre-emptive, onus-reversing 'preventative' liberal "laws" are really crimes. They are theories in search of facts, fraudulently presented as if they were facts. without actual medical proof, their "concerns" amount to nothing more than slander. to assert someone is "crazy" without proof is fraud, and therefore also slander. The laws exist, and police enforce them by accusing people of crimes based on their actions,after the fact, not to prejudicially slander them for who or what they are, or are only alleged to be by pre-judging them as Guilty Until Never Proven Innocent. Conspiring to force people to slander them selves to some doctors to prove they aren't "crazy," based on some alleged secret crime one doesn't have enough evidence to even accuse them of, is a crime. So if /when this goes before a JP or judge, the cops slanderous fraud will become PERJURY: "You honor, we accuse the defendant of being potentially dangerous, based on some un-named source's unsubstantiated "expert" opinion, and so we imagine they *might* commit some unspecified crime, somewhere, at some future time." Even when your fraudulent slander fails to convince the judge to act, youwill be judged as having committed attempted fraud and perjury. Fraud is a crime and even "only" attempted crimes are still crimes in themselves. Presenting an opinion as fact is lying fraud. In doing so, they are asserting that there is no real rule of law, and that no one should be tried n the facts of any case, but only based on a 'pprofessional's' opinion. They thus assert that no one has free will, nor the ability to choose to be guilty of a crime, nor to choose to not commit a crime & so to choose to remain innocent. Without the requirement for mens-rea ("intent") they are directly bringing the Justice System's entire existence itself into disrepute; they are pre-judging everyone in America of being at least potentially guilty until never proven innocent, and making all judges irrelevant, superfluous, and obsolete. Their assumptions that upon their fact-free prejudicial and slanderous whims, everyone in America must be subjected to the opinions of a psychiatrist in order to retain the privilege (not the right) to gain or maintain the ownership of a valid firearms license brings the entire legal system into disrepute, in reversing the onus of proof to force citizens to prove a negative. The liberals now seem to feel free to accuse all American citizens of being potentially dangerous, but in a non-compus-mentis and non-mens-rea (guilty mind/intent) and so, ultimately, non-criminal sort of way, on their authoritaryan say-so.
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It is far too easy to make a diagnosis of "mental illness" since there is no blood test, scan or other objective test to confirm the diagnosis. It is also far too easy for psychiatrists to prescribe powerful drugs with awful side effects that sometimes include violence. It is also far too easy for the media and the government to ignore the money flowing their way from the pharmacological companies making absolutely huge profits off of the drugs. Finally, once diagnosed with a "mental illness" it is a life sentence because there is no concrete way of confirming a patient has been "cured."

A very common example in today's America: A child in grade school gets "diagnosed" by the "system" with ADD (a 1 in 25 chance if you believe current statistics). He/she gets prescribed Ritalin to "calm them down." Result - Banned from gun ownership for life.

With all of these facts in mind, does anyone not believe that the gun grabbers see this as a golden opportunity.
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When it comes to mental illness, it wasn't all that long ago that I read a piece written by a genuine certified Psychiatrist that claimed with good documentation that being a Liberal was a certain indication of a mental disorder. I believe that he made an exception for young adults who have yet to have had enough life experience to know the difference, but that "pass" expired after age 25.
Perhaps we need to seek an opinion of a majority of American psychiatrists and if we find agreement with this opinion, ban liberals from politics. Ha!
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do we really want the same govt who gave this guy clearence, who blatently ignored the obvious threat of nidal hassan, benghazi, irs and countless other cluster f's over the years deciding who is and is not able to use their 2A rights? for any reason? I will not let them strip me of my self defense under the false flag of 'common sense regulation' the govt and this admin have shown time and time again that common sense is NOT something they are capapble of and fully willing to abuse the 'regulations' for their own ends. NO MORE! 2A is not negotiable PERIOD!
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Bingo. When you give the government the power to protect you, you abandon your natural right to self-protection.

Then, there's the issue of allowing the government to decide who is insane. Currently, Veteran's, TEA Partiers, and anyone opposed to Obama are on their list. (Let the doctors decide? Think: Left-wing college graduates who dominate the psychiatric professions.)

Put the right in power, today, and you get the same outcome, with liberals and progressives on the lists, instead.

Solution: Limit the size, scope and power of government. Don't increase it.

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As a teacher, I had several students, over the years who appeared to be mentally ill. Convincing parents that there was a need for psychological testing was always a major problem. Mothers would deny they had another child and would find excuses for bizarre behavior. In the case of one child, it took YEARS to get him tested and in a class for severely disturbed. In the meantime he had leaped around on top of desks, slashing at other kids with scissors and done a few potentially lethal things.
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But liberals ARE actually insane criminals.
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Liberals are the ones who tag along with the main group. Like when the Jew left Pharaoh in Egypt, and when the Americans left the British Empire. They were the tories then. More modern name today is liberals. They have always caused trouble for the main sect.
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and understand im not arguing 'slippery slope' its already happened, multiple times. over and over the govt has show itself to be exactly what our founders warned us against. whats worse is that conservatives have NO sense of urgency in dealing with this. instead prefering to 'wait til the next elections' or petition. im sick of signing petitions that will be ignored. im not going to beg for my god given freedom anymore. so NO on any new regulations and in fact I say dump them all!
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