The worst of the worse

If there’s a state to be given an Worst Gun Restriction Law in the books award, I think that state would probably have to be New York. New York now has a law encouraging mental health professionals to turn over the names of patients thought violent over to law enforcement. That’s right. Mental health professionals are expected to rat out volatile patients. If law enforcement agrees with this appraisal, the targeted individual is disarmed, and goes onto a criminal background checklist.

After New York state comes the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia, of course, has entered more names onto the National Instant Criminal Background Check System database than any other state in the union. After a 3 day detention for evaluation purposes, hospitalization in a mental health facility, voluntary or involuntary, will get you into the system. Voluntary admission serves a plea bargain purpose in this state, but it is not a plea deal that will allow you to keep your 2nd amendment right to bear arms.

Coming in at third place is Maryland. Should you volunteer yourself into the psychiatric hospital in Maryland, if you get out in less than 30 days you could celebrate by purchasing a firearm, however, if you stay for longer than 30 days, your name is entered into the database, and you are prohibited from purchasing a gun.

The problem is that we’re taking guns away from  people who are not violent. Most all of the massive acts of violence that have taken place recently were perpetrated by individuals who would have not been in the database EVEN with the new changes to the law. Disarm a population of people who are more likely to be victims of violence than the perpetrators of violence, and you’ve taken away any effective means of self-defense that this population may have when it comes to people who do have guns.

Beyond preventing them from defending themselves, we are also permitting what would be confidential treatment records to be used for harassment purposes by law enforcement. These records are being used to prejudice public opinion against an entire segment of the population. The most notable example of this prejudice is the enactment of these laws designed to circumvent reasonable doubt in the presumption of future guilt by presumed “sickness”.  You can’t punish a multiple murderer who commits suicide. You can, on the other hand, punish an entirely innocent segment of the population for the crime of the deceased criminal. This essentially is what these laws amount to, prejudice against, and punishment imposed upon, a completely innocent population of people.

If you want to prevent violent crimes of this sort, copy cat crimes, you’re going to have to deal with the forces that cause them. Criminals are responsible, surely, but they are not solely responsible; they are not the only culprits. Criminals exist in the context of society, a society that manufactures criminals. “Mental illness” is no more the source of these crimes than is demonic possession; people were behind these violent acts. If we had a more loving society, a less violent society, then you’re going to see less violent crime. We should be attacking this lack of love, this violence, and we shouldn’t be going after people with problems,  people who are under going personal crises. These problems, these crises, in fact, may stem from the violence and the lack of love you see in our society at large.  Do something substantial about the way neighbor treats neighbor, and you may have done something to remedy what constitutes an intolerable situation.

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