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In the wake of recent tragic shootings, a poll was taken suggesting 61% of respondents think there should not be guns in the homes of families with children who have a mental illness. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/poll-majority-parents-children-mental-health-problems-not-183945378.html

In the above referenced article it references the Newton shooting and the allegations the shooter had Asperger's. First of all Asperger's is a form of Autism. Autism does not fall under mental health. It is a neurological disorder. I know plenty of kids with this disorder and I've never met an Aspie who was violent. Given the human condition, I suppose somewhere out there, one exists but that is hardly a reason to target all children with this disorder. A cop in California murdered a bunch of people. Does that mean we take guns away from cops to keep it from happening again?

Secondly, to portray persons with mental health disabilities as violent is just plain wrong. For example, very few schizophrenics are violent but the perception is they are all time bombs waiting to go off. It is just not true. You just hear about the ones who do, not the ones who don't.

And what is the government going to do to regulate this? Anyone who might have a person with disabilities in the home is banned from owning a weapon? Will the nanny state come into our homes and search it before allowing us to purchase a weapon?

I agree that parents/caregivers of all children (disabled or otherwise) should exercise extreme care when it comes to having any weapon in the home. But that is a long way from a total ban. Personally i do not have a weapon in the home. I am more likely to shot myself rather than the intruder. But for those who want that protection or who like to hunt, I think they should be able to have them.

So let's stop branding people as dangerous just because of something they were born with and is outside their ability to control and start giving help and support to those families who do have loved ones struggling with mental health issues.


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timeontarget commented on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 07:08 AM

Our founding fathers very much embraced the concept of freedom for citizens to have the right to the pursuit of happiness and as well as the right to bear arms but the government was not ever meant to provide for happiness.

The country was established as a capitalistic society which in and of itself provided any and all the right to go out and make something of themselves.

They also had the right to fail and many did.

We have gradually come to this state of expecting government to solve all of our problems.

The Nanny state will leave all of our grandchildren mired in debt and doomed to a life less comfortable than the the life which we have all enjoyed.

Government is not the solution, government is the problem.

up2sumptin commented on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 23:18 PM

Be nice Jimmy.


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