Saturday, October 3, 2015

Guns and Psychopaths

Maybe people who take lithium--an antimanic drug--should not have the right to own 14 guns.  

Maybe owning a gun should be a privilege, not a right.

Maybe Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, and others did not foresee the invention of small handguns.

Maybe they thought that "a well-regulated militia" would always be interpreted as part of "the security of a free state"--not as words to be ignored in order to defend the last fourteen words of the Second Amendment.

In United States v. Cruikshank (1876), the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that, "The right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence" and limited the applicability of the Second Amendment to the federal government.[9] In United States v. Miller (1939), the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government and the states could limit any weapon types not having a "reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia".[10][11] -- from Wikipedia

Maybe it's time to challenge the current interpretation of this amendment.

Apparently the killer in Roseburg, Oregon, had Asperger's syndrome.

If we look at the killer in Sandy Hook or the killer who entered the Century 16 Multiplex in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012, we young men with mental illness such as depression.

Why are these men allowed to purchase guns legally?

Here's an analysis on today's New York Times website:

We need to prevent men with mental illness from having legal access to guns.  If they had to buy guns illegally, they would at least need the social skills to accomplish such a purchase.

Does the National Rifle Association defend the right of psychopaths to obtain guns?

I don't know, but the time for flagrant, wanton toleration of "the right to bear arms" independent of any militia is over.

For the rest of my life I will donate at least $50 per year to three groups that advocate reasonable control of guns in the USA:

Gabby Giffords - Americans for Responsible Solutions

Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence

Coalition To Stop Gun Violence

I will donate this $150 per year even if I don't have money to eat.  I will write the letters and take the activist action these groups recommend.

To do less is to say with Jeb Bush, "Look, stuff happens."  We are impotent.  We will let the gun lobby rule the US Congress.  We will continue to let psychopaths murder innocents.

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