Sunday, September 2, 2018

Please NRA, Just DON'T Do It!

NY State, among other jurisdictions, is seeking to expand the existing criminal and mental/emotional health restrictions on gun ownership.

Has someone from Andy Cuomo's administration been reading my blog (

I've been advocating ratcheting up those restrictions for years.

Right now, the criminal restrictions require a felony conviction.

With the stroke of a pen, that could be changed to anyone CHARGED with a violent crime, even if it's pled down to a lesser offense. Domestic abusers, even those sentenced to Anger Management CAN, by law, be barred from legally owning guns.

SAME with mental/emotional health restrictions. The current requirement of having to have been institutionalized for a mental/emotional problem, is ridiculous, given how rare such involuntary confinements are today.

Again, with the stroke of a pen, anyone diagnosed and treated for any mental/emotional problem, from Depression to PTSD CAN be barred from legally owning guns.

The NRA would be foolish to fight such sensible and relatively minor expansions.

ESPECIALLY the mental/emotional health provisions. Given that almost every mass shooter has been diagnosed as mentally ill - Jared Loughner, Dylann Roof, Adam Lanza, James Holmes, Seung-Hui Cho, Micah X. Johnson, and now David Katz, the Jacksonville, FL shooter (, there's really no way to argue AGAINST ratcheting up the restrictions on mental/emotional health.

ANYONE diagnosed with ANY serious mental/emotional illness, from Depression, to PTSD, to Bipolar Disorder, to Schizophrenia SHOULD BE barred from legally owning firearms.

So, to the NRA, I'd say, DON'T DO IT!

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