4 years, 1 month ago
Because that’s true, and it is, you know, looking at quick fix kneejerk ‘solutions’ such as changing state and federal information loop protocols on recorded mental health incidents may not produce any appreciable public safety improvements, and may in fact, endanger not only rights, but people disabled by ‘law’ who have been denied full due process.
Um, yes. Of course a system like this is highly vulnerable to abuse and negligence. It’s the government. My God. When is the last time you witnessed a government program work the way it should? Besides, mental health professionals will tell you that their science isn’t as accurate as you think it is and isn’t amenable to such neat categories, that they cannot really predict with any confidence who will become violent, that their science won’t sustain such a burden, that such reporting will intefere with the doctor-patient relationship, and that they don’t want that kind of legal and regulatory pressure on their profession. They have already told you so. It’s like asking your Volkswagen Beetle to hit the curves at Daytona International Speedway and race with the big boys. Man is too complex, and “doctors” don’t know as much about his psyche as this system would demand. Because, you know, it’s his psyche … his soul … his spirit. It’s not his big toe.
Finish reading Codrea’s piece at Examiner. Mental health checks are not the answer to gun violence. Move on to the real solutions, like abolishing gun free zones as an intrusion on our God-given right of self defense.