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Some hopeful signs of sanity on guns

Demand a plan on gunsNew York’s legislature appears to be making some modest progress on complying with the Second Amendment’s demand for a well-regulated militia. According to news reports, state lawmakers have reached a bipartisan agreement with Governor Cuomo to further restrict assault weapons and make it harder for persons with mental illness to commit murders. Good for them.

Meanwhile, here in North Carolina, a handful of local mayors held a press event yesterday to endorse the eminently sane demands of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns that a plan be crafted to address the nation’s absurd gun-related murder rate.

Finally, if you’re looking for a common sense explanation of what’s at-stake, how truly modest the demands and objectives of the pro-militia regulation forces are and how utterly insane some of the troubled folks are on the other side, take a few minutes to watch Jon Stewart explain it all. Click here for Stewart’s powerful video from last week.

8 Comments

  1. Frank Burns

    January 15, 2013 at 10:07 am

    My prediction, the ACLU will raise a hissy fit and claim the rights of the mentally disturbed are being infringed upon.

  2. Jack

    January 15, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Generally the public doesn’t understand what true mental illness is or how it affects an individual.

    The stereotype of mental illness is being used to foment fear of a protected class. This is happening because even Washington cannot speak out strongly against gun violence and the need for meaningful and logical gun control. What can be done and talked about is people who are perceived, by the general public, as a threat to others are to be feared.

    Problem solved.

  3. david esmay

    January 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I have no found hopeful signs of sanity in Frank’s statements or prognostications

  4. Sean D Sorrentino

    January 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Banning a whole category of guns plus banning all magazines that hold more than 7 bullets is “modest progress?”

    So you admit that what you’re really after is collecting them all and disarming us completely?

  5. Rob Schofield

    January 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    The question of how to respond to the challenges posed by persons with mental illness are obviously complex. Critics raise some legitimate questions in this area.

    The Stewart video says about all there is to say on the conjured up notion that anyone wants to “disarm” average citizens.

  6. Frank Burns

    January 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    When did we stop placing the insane into institutions?

  7. Emma

    January 16, 2013 at 10:54 am

    August 13, 1981, when Saint Ronnie of the Rayguns rescinded the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980.

  8. Old Goat

    January 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Here’s one step that New York and the federal government could easily take, at no cost to taxpayers, and no threat to legitimate gun owners: Persons who apply for jobs with the FBI, or police departments, or airline pilots, or even ordained clergy, are required to undertake and pass a mental health clearance from a trained, licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. Persons who want to buy guns or obtain concealed carry permits should meet the same requirement. The flaws in New York’s position include the fact that many dangerous or borderline persons don’t seek mental health care so they won’t show up in any background check, and psychiatrists and psychologists are ethically bound and are trained NOT to disclose even the fact that a person has undergone examination or treatment unless it is court ordered. A mental health clearance is quick, inexpensive, and readily available to anyone. No clearance, no gun or permit.