This was an interesting blog post from over at JustOneMinute. It seemingly is the start of a NEW narrative, one in which we are going to be told that “to focus on mental illness & gun violence is unfair.”
Never mind that the criminals mentioned in the piece are identified by the Times writers as confirmed to have “mental illness”, but we are also told that we are meany, mean meanies to point that out and to want to focus on mental illness in the wake of the majority of mass shootings being perpetrated by people with mental illness.
I have been “debating” and I use that term loosely with a loony lefty who keeps hollering about “how mental illness is not being addressed in our state, that it should be a priority to get the guns out of the hands of mental patients, that’s where the problem is. That’s all we want is to keep weapons out of the hands of felons and people with mental illness.”
Then I read this little ditty from the Times? Whoa Nelly, it feels like we’re in for a hell of a ride!
Here are the pertinent parts as outlined by JustOneMinute:
Focus on Mental Health Laws to Curb Violence Is Unfair, Some Say
In their fervor to take action against gun violence after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., a growing number of state and national politicians are promoting a focus on mental illness as a way to help prevent further killings.
Legislation to revise existing mental health laws is under consideration in at least a half-dozen states, including Colorado, Oregon and Ohio. A New York bill requiring mental health practitioners to warn the authorities about potentially dangerous patients was signed into law on Jan. 15. In Washington, President Obama has ordered “a national dialogue” on mental health, and a variety of bills addressing mental health issues are percolating on Capitol Hill.
But critics say that this focus unfairly singles out people with serious mental illness, who studies indicate are involved in only about 4 percent of violent crimes and are 11 or more times as likely than the general population to be the victims of violent crime.
And again from JustOneMinute here:
Most mental health experts agree that the link between mental illness and violence is not imaginary. Studies suggest that people with an untreated severe mental illness are more likely to be violent, especially when drug or alcohol abuse is involved. And many rampage killers have some type of serious mental disorder: James E. Holmes, accused of opening fire in a movie theater in Colorado in July, was seeing a psychiatrist who became alarmed about his behavior; Jared L. Loughner, who killed 6 people and injured 13 others in Arizona, including former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, was severely mentally ill.
But such killings account for only a tiny fraction of gun homicides in the United States, mental health experts point out. Besides the research indicating that little violent crime can be linked to perpetrators who are mentally ill, studies show that those crimes are far more likely to involve battery — punching another person, for example — than weapons, which account for only 2 percent of violent crimes committed by the mentally ill.
Could it be as JOM suggests it really ISN’T about “gun violence” and the cessation of gun violence, but instead about just guns…nah, don’t be a silly rabbit…tricks are for kids…or for dumbsh*ts who don’t understand the game that is afoot…
First conservatives are accused of not caring about “the children”, now we’re being told that we’re being unfair to the people with mental illness…I feel like I’m being whip-sawed back and forth…I have an idea…lets stick to the Constitution, as its written, not how lefties want it to be written. TPC
Here is the link for the Times article