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Roger L. Simon

Guns and Schizophrenia (UPDATED WITH A CAVEAT)

September 18th, 2013 - 12:16 am

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No one is more boring and predictable than Senator Dianne Feinstein immediately calling for the banning of assault weapons after the carnage at the Washington Navy Yard. That an AR-15 wasn’t even involved in the mass killing is also predictable. Liberalism, as exemplified by Ms. Feinstein, is just a fuddy-duddy ideology in general, so old-fashioned you want to bang your forehead on the table.

But…

…no one should want paranoid schizophrenics to have arms… not even a number two pencil because, if their voices tell them to do it, they will put out your eye with it.

So…

…it’s about time that folks on the right stop being paranoid themselves and worried about the Second Amendment (yes, we must completely and permanently support it for obvious reasons) and start doing something about crazy people. They shouldn’t have guns. They should be in hospitals.

Aaron Alexis wasn’t an Islamic terrorist or even (fallacious and deeply reactionary as our government was) a man angry at workplace “mistreatment” of some sort like Major Hasan. Aaron Alexis was deeply and completely insane. He heard voices. He was nuts.

Ditto for a whole series of whackos lately in Tucson, Aurora, Newtown, and Virginia Tech with a huge number of corpses on their hands.

Such people should not have the right to bear arms of any level under any circumstances whatsoever and we on the right should LEAD the charge to prevent it. The NRA itself should lead the charge. It might even be a game changer.

We should — the NRA should — start to craft legislation now that makes it genuinely difficult, if not impossible, for the insane to get weapons. Yes, the underserving will be swept up in this, but there should be an appeals process built into the legislation.

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You can not crazy proof the world. If such legislation is put into place then the inevitable push will begin to broaden the definition of what "crazy" is. In no time at all, "crazy" will be defined as those who mis-trust the federal government, as those who want a secure border etc.

What the right should push for is allowing our military men and women to be armed and protect themselves.
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Dear Ms. Feinstein:
'..crazy people...shouldn't have guns...they should be in hospitals..' Perhaps I should point out that it was liberal, progressive, 'enlightened' policy that opened the doors of mental hospitals and pushed the mentally ill onto the streets. Possibly you've forgotten. Anyhow, Diane, do you still pack a .38 spl. in your purse, or have you upgraded to a .40 S&W?
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"Okay, so why don’t we take the lead for a change? Suggestions?"

End "affirmative action" and "affirmative retention" especially. At least that way Hasan and Alexis would likely have been out of the Army and Navy (contractor) and wouldn't have been able to just trot onto a military base so easily, especially armed
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This really means reconsidering the decision decades ago to de-institionalize the mentally ill. This wasn't just a Progressive mistake, the revelation of how many of the sanitariums were snake pits convinced lots of conservatives that alternatives needed to be tried. Funny how the the alternative infrastructure never served the de-commited.

But I predict that Progressives will never tolerate reconsidering the issue, for that would imply that they made a mistake.
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You are not crazy. The ones advocating gun ownership and carrying privileges are the ones who are .People need not bear arms when wsshopping, drinking, attending classes ansd innumerable other places. I recently looked up from the bottom shelf where I was foraging for an item...in a national chain drugstore.....straight into the muzzle of a holstered gun It was not a high crime area.but a decdedly older middle class, area. I think the gun advocates are just as nutty as the anti gun advocates. They shoould try exercising their brains rather than their trigger fingers Spending the day shooting paint balls or at animals is not everyone's idea of fun.
49 weeks ago
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Do you have similar feelings for fire extinguishers? Have there never been shootings in places of worship, restaurants, or schools? The polite thing would have been to quietly inform the carrier that his or her gun was showing.

People need to bear arms wherever they wish to be able to defend themselves and others. Creating "gun free zones" is just creating criminal safety zones, and should create liability on the part of the creator.
49 weeks ago
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Do *they* who and where you are? Yes

Life Member of NRA, etc.? - Yes

Again, a McCain law:

Do a "Search" with your name and FEC or Federal Elections Commission.

You are likely to find that an overhead aerial map to your home is on the internet from Huffington Post for every political contribution over $100 you have made.

That there are now huge discussions on the internet about how to determine who should be allowed access to firearms is a great first step.

With the Soviets putting dissidents in mental hospitals, and the WH attempting to label every kid with VA PTSD after the sandbox on the banned list makes the deciders and what true criteria decision a bit of a problem. With the current Wash DC "political class", is much for the better going to occur?
49 weeks ago
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At which point the federal government decides who is insane- in the face of gun control, a lot more people will be so judged than would be otherwise and the government has another tool to prevent citizens from exercising rights now reduced to conditional privileges.

You need to be spanked.
49 weeks ago
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-and of course such information and rulings will hardly be limited to the subject to which the scrutiny is originally applied- to crazy to oen a gun? how about any weapon, like a knife or a baseball bat? To nuts to own a gun, maybe that person should be kept off the roads, too- etc, etc, etc.

Anyone who thinks the government will stay within the bounds of "reason" with such powers is a damn fool.
49 weeks ago
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How about:
Any time a mental patient under the care of a physician who is taking a known, potentially violence-inducing drug (black label warning SSRIs come to mind) goes off the rails, then BOTH the prescribing psychiatrist and the drug company share in the liability. Maybe then, this poison wouldn't be handed out like candy.
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To do so we shall have to legislate common sense into the minds of those with whom the emotionally challenged live.Did not a recent mass shooter's mom make many desperate efforts to have him committed ; but still allowed him access to her guns?In a Colorado case the shooter's shrink knew of both his arsenal and his emotional disturbance, but failed to take any corrective action. The Ft. Hood maniac is still being babied and petted for his traitorous acts. We don't need another law, we need to shoot these Bad Guys, enablers as well as actors.
49 weeks ago
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"his arsenal"

-you sound like a blond haired 35 year old television "reporter" in a tight skirt.
49 weeks ago
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From reading some comments this morning (here), I am left with these impressions - 1) Despair is now the American Dream; 2) Race hatred in the US is at a new high. It has been provoked by Obamaian policies, but the foundation was already there; 3) neither Right nor Left have a solution to the issue of these rolling mass murders. The Left wants to exploit each event to further restrict freedoms. The Right's spin is almost always to arm the 'sane' citizens. Who is sane - who decides? I would be very comfortable with about 80% of the pro-gun posters here being armed. If I knew I was in the presence of one of the other 20%, I would feel only slightly safer than hanging with Jim Carrey and DiFi (is this Feinstein's new nickname?).

I stayed in a hotel (not HolidayInn Express) a few years ago. A woman (black), proudly told the character of a clerk that she had a pistol in her jacket pocket, as 'you never know who you'll run into' - I believe that is what she said. I left the lobby post-haste..
49 weeks ago
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Perhaps an even more important question - over which some heads will (figuratively) certainly roll: why did this guy have a security clearance?
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What'll happen?

Like this: Some years ago in NYC a councilman(anti-gunner with a pistol permit) and a hanger-on wannabe groupie-carrying a pistol, unregistered IIRC) routinely were waved through the metal detectors because, well, they were special, you know. Anyway, the wannabe started shooting one morning, causing more than one death.

Nobody was even reprimanded, and the city council passed an ordinance to prosecute the gun company and seller(a legal business).

That's government holding the guilty responsible, they'll never hang their own. If they do in rare cases, they guy gets his full pension anyway.
49 weeks ago
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One more thought:

"We have plenty of laws already. If there was just somebody interested enough to enforce them......"

Is it possible that the reason for the lack of enforcement is so that these massacres continue until people are so appalled at the situation that they beg to have their guns taken away?

There is not much I wouldn't put past this administration, including this.
49 weeks ago
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The laws are reserved to be enforced when they will satisfy political ends, selectively.
49 weeks ago
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You'll never stop them all, so you can only make the rest of us free enough to deal with these psycho attacks when they occur - which means the elimination of gun free zones.

Only freedom can help us, once again.
49 weeks ago
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Indeed!

No one can predict a random act of violence. All we can really do is be ready when we find ourselves in the middle of one. "Gun free zones" just guarantee a good supply of helpless victims. It's time we stopped our gov't from making helpless victims out of us.
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