Should the Government Define ‘Mental Health’ when dealing with Gun Rights?

The following question was put to me on Facebook.

Are you in favor of allowing private citizens trade guns and money with each other Gary DeMar, and in the process, defeat background check requirements?

After I wrote that the question “requires a more extensive answer,” I received the following responses from the questioner:

  • You are obviously an irresponsible, Wild West gun loon Gary, i.e., a reckless yahoo with utter contempt for public safety, and it is loose cannons like you who will cause Americans to lose the 2nd Amendment.
  • I might usefully add …your ignorance, arrogance, and intransigence re this subject or any other point of controversy is exactly what should be expected. No one can long remain a Calvinist without a generous endowment of those 3 character defects.

This is what passes for dialog for some people. Even before I’ve written anything related to the question he asked, I’m attacked personally laced with name calling.

The Second Amendment does not require background checks. That does not mean I’m opposed to them.

What I am opposed to is letting the government define what might be included in a background check database. Let’s stick with the mental health angle. A background check would determine if a person has certain mental health issues. Sounds reasonable until we start asking who will make the determination of what constitutes mental health issues.

You may recall that Joy Behar of “The View” described Vice-Pres. Mike Pence, and millions of Christians who believe as he does, of being “mentally ill.” Behar’s response to the controversy was to say, “It was a joke.” But there are a lot of people out there who argue that people who believe in God are mentally ill.

How many times have you heard leftists attack Pres. Trump by claiming that he’s insane. Rob Reiner just said the President is a “psychopath”:

How much longer do we have to put up with a mentally ill sociopath? When the fucked-up psyche of the leader of the free world comes before the horrific deaths of innocent children, it’s time for GOP patriots to stand up and end this sickness.

Many on the left have been tagging Pres. Trump with the “mentally ill” moniker for more than a year. “California Representative Jackie Speier contacted John Gartner, a former assistant professor at Johns Hopkins medical school and founder of Duty to Warn… A collection of mental health professionals, the political action committee, has advocated for Trump’s removal under the 25th Amendment” because of mental incompetence.

There are many who see the long-term implications of such a charge. If it can be made to stick for the President of the United States, what chance do we lesser mortals have against the full force of the medical establishment, well-funded political foes, and an opposition political party?

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz noted:

There’s only one thing worse than trying to criminalize political differences and that’s trying to psychiatrize them. These psychiatrists who are trying to diagnose without having even met the man. That’s what they did in Russia.

Please, don’t tell me “it can’t happen here.”

You and I know what it means to be truly mentally ill. From what we know of Nikolas De Jesus Cruz, the Florida school shooter, he was and is most likely mentally ill in terms of today’s psychiatric definitions. The FBI and local police were aware of him. He was on their radar. There was ample first-hand evidence that Cruz was a danger. In September, the FBI was warned about a comment on a Youtube video from a user named Nikolas Cruz: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter,” but these agencies chose to ignore it. “The FBI of course did what the relevant authorities did in the case of Omar Mateen, the case of Nidal Hasan, the case of Adam Lanza: nothing.” (National Review)…


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