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    Re: Should the mentally ill be able to own/carry guns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightrider View Post
    I'll defer here to Goshin's post - the first two criteria would definitely, imo, qualify someone as being seriously mentally ill....

    edited to add (and to the above post by Goshin): the last criteria mentioned probably would not, imho, qualify someone as seriously mentally ill and thus should probably not bar someone from owning a firearm....
    And your professional psychiatric training and certifications allow you to make that comment, right?

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    Re: Should the mentally ill be able to own/carry guns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    The problem is my friend you don't know when one of these guys will lose it and go off the deep end......then it is to late.
    Unless you are a psychic, prophet or a soothsayer, welcome to the real world.
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    Re: Should the mentally ill be able to own/carry guns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    NP, by some estimates half the soldiers coming home from war have some level of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Most will get over the worst of it within a few years; very very few are actually dangerous because of it. Yet some Fed laws have vets worried that admitting to ANY PTSD will get their right to a gun taken away permanently due to some recent rules.

    Lots of people deal with some (minor) depression or anxiety at some point in their lives. I myself have anxiety disorder, but it is minor and I can usually manage it without resorting to meds.

    Lots of people have minor mental health issues... no reason to take their rights away unless they're certified dangerous by a professional in the field.
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    Re: Should the mentally ill be able to own/carry guns?

    Quote Originally Posted by chromium View Post
    If those moments are rare then I think you have an excellent point that some people need to be protected against themselves. In cases where it's more or less constant and attempts at treatment have been made, i think it would be cruel to not let them go, however difficult that is. The 'having no reason to be depressed' ultimately does not matter from this perspective.
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    Re: Should the mentally ill be able to own/carry guns?

    I'd say that 30.43 % of posters here are mentally ill !
    Even the so-called "semi-mentally ill", such as me, MUST NOT be allowed to own guns.
    What we need is NON_LETHAL means of defense.
    Why is this apparently so difficult ?
    We should be thinking 21st century, not the 1700s....I think that this is part of the problem..

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    Re: Should the mentally ill be able to own/carry guns?

    This is a stupid poll.

    Maybe I should start one asking: "Should a woman be able to use a firearm to prevent being raped and her and her whole family murdered?"

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    Re: Should the mentally ill be able to own/carry guns?

    With the thought that a piece of legislation should be positive, and not useless, was the Newtown, Conn mass murderer's mother completely mentally competent ?
    Food for thought...
    Quote Originally Posted by Nightrider View Post
    I say (emphatically) no - at least, not until they are pronounced 100% well and sane by a qualified psychiatrist. Just tired of hearing about mentally ill individuals shooting up schools/theaters, etc.

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    Re: Should the mentally ill be able to own/carry guns?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    I'd say that 30.43 % of posters here are mentally ill !
    Even the so-called "semi-mentally ill", such as me, MUST NOT be allowed to own guns.
    What we need is NON_LETHAL means of defense.
    Why is this apparently so difficult ?
    We should be thinking 21st century, not the 1700s....I think that this is part of the problem..
    For ONCE, I think I actually agree with a progressive - lol!

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    Re: Should the mentally ill be able to own/carry guns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    The problem is my friend you don't know when one of these guys will lose it and go off the deep end......then it is to late.
    I'll admit that this is difficult to determine (we need better psychologists)..
    Non-lethal is the answer.
    Lethal weapons for our police....this is where I feel the England is wrong..
    And plenty of ammo and weapons for our hunters, plus open season on deer.

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    Re: Should the mentally ill be able to own/carry guns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Light View Post
    The government has cut mental health funding over every administration since Reagan. They have apparently decided that mental illness is no longer their problem.

    The question shouldn't be directed at mental health vs. gun ownership, it should be mental health vs. state priorities.

    We would have fewer people on welfare, less violent crime, and a reduced prison population if the Fed would bring back its national mental health strategy.
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    Agree, BUT, we must have better psychologists ..about 5 years ago, I ran into a complete idiot working at the VA clinic, also in the "private sector".....just as bad
    This is a very complex field, and I think that very few have the native ability to be successful...

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