Mental illness, as it relates to gun ownership, must be dealt with on an individual basis. Are we going to tell a paranoid schizophrenic that he has to cut his steak with a butter knife? Are we going to tell someone with PTSD that they cannot drive a car? There are many things that we handle and come in contact with on a daily basis that could be used to kill or maim. Remember Col. Mustard, with the “candlestick”, in the study? We can talk to congress about a candlestick ban later, but where does it end? Mental illness, and its relevance to one’s state of mind and the probability that the individual will “snap” as the result of certain triggers, should be interpreted only by doctors, not bureaucrats. It seems as if the recent push to ban guns for mentally ill individuals, is directed more toward military vets, and some of the issues that they tend to deal with, upon their return from a war zone. The best defense, against a tyrannical government and/or violent crime in general, is an armed citizenry, with no Government intrusion that attempts to create restrictions that are not there. It is however, important to keep firearms out of the hands of violent felons, up until they have their rights restored, through the process established by law in their respective state.
If lawmakers want to do something to prevent mass shootings, how about banning gun free zones, and cut out the feel good legislation, that turns people into sitting ducks. These elected officials need to use their Ivy League degree to produce something close to functional legislation that actually does what it is meant to do, rather than give kickbacks to their buddies with taxpayer funded bailouts. Mass genocide occurs when a government disarms its people. History has shown this to be true, and there is no reason for a government to be armed, while the citizenry, is left with torches and pitchforks. Rulers such as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, the Caesars of the Roman Empire, and even the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt, were successful in keeping control over their people, because they controlled peoples’ access to the means that would be necessary to carry out any type of successful revolution against the regime in power.
Soviet citizens were legally authorized to carry firearms until 1929 when that right was abolished. Around this time, Joseph Stalin was involved with Soviet leadership. He did not rule however, until 1941 where he was responsible for the rounding up of tens of millions of people, and condemning them to labor camps and/or death. Stalin once said, “If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves”. Russia’s story, is one of many that proves a government that is given the ability to rule its people, will take full advantage of it. The second amendment protects our freedom. It helps protect us from encroachment by the federal government, on our God given rights, and also from foreign invasion. We must preserve it, at all costs.