2 thoughts on “Thinking through gun laws aimed at mentally ill

  • April 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I appreciate your article. I have known several young soldiers with PTSD. We have such a challenge getting them to seek mental health care. If they thought that they would be required to give up their weapon – and that it could potentially affect their future career – that challenge would become almost an impossibility. People with PTSD and depression often feel they do NOT have control and they desperately want a sense of safety and control. Taking their weapon away, taking away any chance of a trusting private relationship within the therapeutic “box”, therapists reporting them to “authorities” – will only increase the paranoia they rationally developed in an insane situation – a situation from which they need the time, encouragement, support and sense of safety to recover. Therapists now already usually make a contract with their patients – informing them that they will contact their family or someone IF the therapist personally feels the patient is a danger to themselves or others. This decision rests with the extensive training of a therapist and their evaluation of each unique person. And, I think, that is where it should stay. The patient who is already suffering – and has already overcome the huge hurdle to seek help should not face the exposure of their diagnosis to the public, the courts, the police, future employers running background checks, their applications for future passports, etc. This would be a disaster for those already suffering and afraid to seek help. They would have more reason to be afraid.

  • April 22, 2013 at 9:51 am

    i have severe depression. I have never been interested in owning a gun. i changed my mind when i saw the attack heading straight at me. i bought a gun before these laws ever come to pass. I am going to get a concealed hand gun permit. Right now I only have a gun with no bullets. am I a danger to others? hardly the only person I have harmed over the years is myself. Until people stop attacking those of us that seek help I will buy some bullets and take a firearm class. I bet 90% reading this think immediately i should not own a gun. The stigma is every where even here on this site


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