My philosophy on gun control can be summed up in 10 bullet points.
1 – 5) can be found here (My Philosophy on Gun Control – Part 1).
6 – 9) can be found here (My Philosophy on Gun Control – Part 2).
10) So much has been said about mental health and gun control. New York just passed a law banning access to guns for certain mental health patients. I have several problems with targeting “the mentally ill” and infringing their constitutional right to bear arms.
a) Who defines “mentally ill”? With an advanced degree in Psychology and having over four decades of experience being around people, I’ve learned that everybody has some sort of neurosis. Seriously, does anybody know a single person intimately who does not have some of the symptoms of at least one of the following, Depression, ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, ODD, Anxiety, OCD, Bi-Polar, Asocial, Antisocial, Co-Dependency, Addictive Disorder…?
b) Gun violence is less a mental health issue, than it is a sin issue. In our relativistic society, people are hesitant to acknowledge the reality of sin. In our violent society where the reality of sin is not acknowledged, people turn to “mental illness” as an explanation for what is truly sinful behavior.
c) Mental health experts have already begun to air their grievances with New York’s new law as a hindrance to therapy.
d) If you remove the constitutional rights of the “mentally ill” where does it stop? What other rights will be removed from the “mentally ill”? What’s the next group that gets their constitutional rights trampled on?
I’m out of time, for now. So as it stands, these are the 10 bullet points outlining my philosophy on gun control.
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