I open CNN to a poll:
“Do you think people with a history of mental illness should be allowed to buy guns?”
Yes, with tighter restrictions
Guess which answer is at 85%.
I don’t deny, at any point, that the mentally ill can be unstable and downright dangerous. We can be, if not managed by therapy, drugs and hard work.
I become incensed at the idea that we should be controlled with restrictions, a grand database in the sky tracking us, telling some 18 year old in Walmart if I’m allowed to own a gun, letting them know that I’m the crazy, run away! The very idea that anyone with ANY mental illness history (which frankly, is a LOT of people) can’t even touch a firearm because of that ILLNESS is disturbing.
I, like hundreds of thousands of other people, have a mental disorder that can rear up, much like cancer can come of remission, if we don’t take our medication. Because I have bipolar, is it ok to discriminate? What if I only had anxiety? What if I only had depression that was cyclical, dependant on the season?
At what point are the mentally ill truly people?
I read people talking about how “Octo-Mom’s” uterus isn’t up for anyone else’s discussion-despite the fact that she’s impacting 14 children, 2 parents and herself. We should leave her alone, not discriminate, she might be “sick in the head.”
Are we all going to pop out multiple children because we’re mentally ill? No more than we’re all going to pick up a semi-automatic weapon and start killing people. However, people will make that blanket statement, assuming that none of us should ever have a chance to touch a gun, perhaps drive a vehicle, own a house.
And again, soon, that we shouldn’t have any children at all?
It’s easy to climb on a horse, point a finger and say THOSE people shouldn’t be allowed. Much easier than say, supporting mental health initiatives, demanding that mental disease be portrayed truthfully, or pushing their local and federal governments for more funding for care and support.
Taking the gun away is inadequate at best. Supporting the person, treating the sickness, giving them a safe place to land when the chaos does occur-these are solutions. Assisted living for some individuals, out-patient treatment, increased numbers of doctors so we can receive REAL care.
Money is better spent on helping the mentally ill be the best people they can be, than reducing us to caricatures and limiting our lives.
It’s not the guns I care about. At the end of the day, I don’t see why people need guns in the first place, or why they need automatic weapons. But it’s not about that-it’s about how rights can be scrapped away from a group of people in the name of “safety”, and everyone will fall in line.
There’s an exception to every rule. “Normal” people kill people with guns ALL THE FREAKING TIME and yet no one says, in any seriousness, “Stop selling guns, period.”
Fuck, that’s unamerican, right?
The mentally ill, who live in some sort of vacuum, don’t get leeway, don’t get sympathy, they get judged.
It scares me because one it starts, where does it end? And does it end with us? What if statistically, white males 18-24 who like black pants and smoke Player’s are the ones doing the shooting? Will we take away a right? Will we lock them up?
Will we make a problem where one doesn’t exist?
We will spend money on fantasy, and yet not on treatment and everyday living.
You don’t have to be mentally ill to think that’s completely fucking crazy.
No red flags. My ASS.
Liking the Saw movies is not a flag. Someone who:
stopped taking an antidepression medication for obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety three weeks before the shooting
THAT is a flag. Dropping your medication off suddenly can trigger events that otherwise wouldn’t have happened. Wearing a fucking dog collar is strange, not a red flag. Emails to friends that are out of character-flags.
This assumption that he couldn’t possibly function normally because he was crazy, that he lived “a double life”-THIS is what keeps people swimming in the crazy. People will think the worst regardless. People will think our love for horror or black humor means that we’re monsters anyway.
People hurt. Instead of being given help, they’re called “strange” and “weird” and isolated further.
The red flag is life.