Gun Laws and the Mentally Ill

December 25, 2013 8:57 PM

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Gun Laws and the Mentally Ill

I have been stunned on many occasions by the inability of the legal and mental health systems to deal effectively with people with untreated mental illness and their guns. In our country, a person with untreated schizophrenia and a history of violence has the “right” to bears arms. This ridiculous situation developed as a result of Second Amendment zealots on the right and patient-rights zealots on the left finding common cause. Politics makes strange, and in this case dangerous, bedfellows.

Lost in this nonsense is a focus on the person with mental illness. People with a history of violence and mental illness need treatment, not their guns returned to them. We need to re-examine our commitment laws and ensure that those who are severely ill and violent get treatment on a consistent and...

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