Guns and Schizophrenia (UPDATED WITH A CAVEAT)
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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.
...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.
...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.