"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
Here is something I want everyone to think about, however: If you had (say) a son whom was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or severe depression AND was living with you - Would you (if you had guns in the house) keep your guns locked up, or leave them unlocked and in plain sight all the time? I already know how I would answer that, but this isn't really about me or my opinion.....
Just something to chew on a little bit - hitting the hay now, but I'll most likely be back here tomorrow (God willing).....
You kids play nice in the meantime.
Define mentally ill, what if someone pays someone off in order to get somebody declared ill, and what if they use politics or faith as a reason? I have mild autism, which is NOT a mental illness, but under some laws people want I couldn't own a gun, when I own and shoot regularly.
And tell me, under what authority are civilians going to be disarming the "crazies" if the government won't be doing it, as you've stated?
"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger