Public Comment

Persons with Mental Illness Don't Need Guns

By Jack Bragen
Tuesday January 15, 2013 - 10:03:00 AM

I know someone, who is an acquaintance only, who said he intended to purchase a gun. He said, "I don't like the direction this country is going." This negative view of our President seems to be the excuse of many injudicious people who needed a justification for buying a weapon. In several states in The South, petitions have been circulated to "peacefully secede" from the U.S. 

Some of President Obama's staunchest opponents are probably racist and would like to bring back the Civil War, while others don't like him merely because he's a liberal Democrat. Either way, the ones who support President Obama, like me, are the same people who support gun restrictions. 

It is my opinion that something substantial must have gone wrong with the brain of anyone who believes they need to buy an automatic weapon. We could be dealing with millions of undiagnosed cases of personality disorder. 

If you are mentally ill, you especially don't need to own a gun or any other weapon. I would agree to any restriction concerning the ownership of guns that applies to persons with mental illness. 

I believe that guns, unless you are in law enforcement, or in the wilderness and up against bears, wolves and mountain lions, have no purpose whatsoever. People want them either out of fear, or from the need to feel powerful. Most gun owners fit the profile of being adult, male, and able-bodied. Thus, they shouldn't need a weapon for the purpose of self-defense. 

The people currently in charge of the NRA believe that the solution to the proliferation of guns in the U.S. is more guns. This is like a doctor saying that if you have a staph infection, the cure is to obtain more infections. 

Once restrictions on weapons and ammunition are put into law, there will be a delay of years, perhaps decades, before we see a significant reduction in these senseless shootings. People across the U.S., in response to fears of impending legislation, have bought millions more weapons. You have to start somewhere. If we can create a safer society for the next generation, we should do so.