In California, we recently passed a law that lets a doctor take away your guns.
Now a mental health professional can ask a judge for a firearms restraining order. So can a cop or a family member. They get to take away your means of self-defense; every gun, bullet and gun part.
This new legal power will be abused. Ask any divorce lawyer if you don’t believe me. The law will also be ineffective in stopping crazy people who want to kill.
How do we know the new law will not stop the mentally ill? We know because crazy people have told us. Some crazy people are evil and they lie. Here is a recent example.
The young murderer who shot up the Arapahoe High School in Colorado planned his attack for months. He wrote about it and called himself a “psychopath” in his secret diary. This murderer was a narcissistic loon! He vowed revenge for slights dating back to elementary school. The murderer wrote that he wanted to commit “mass murder and be in a place of power where I and I alone are judge, jury and executioner.”
That, friends, is called a clue that the murderer was crazy.
The mental health professionals missed those “clues”. The Arapahoe murderer was a discipline problem at high school and threatened his debate coach. After that incident, the murderer was required to take two mental health evaluations. Both evaluations were within a few months of his attack. The murderer first took a threat assessment from a school psychologist. The second evaluation was by therapists at a private behavioral clinic. The doctors determined he was a low-level threat. Yes, they described him as a threat in their reports. So how did this murderer pass the mental health screening designed to keep us safe from violent predators? In his diary, the murder said,
“Let the record show I lied through my teeth (during) the test.”
Sociopaths lie. Is that a surprise to anyone? The proponents of the new firearms regulations said they will keep us safe.. this time. The gun grabbers promised to only take guns from people who are crazy, criminal, or corrupt. We’ve heard the same thing before. Gun control advocates already passed 23 thousand gun laws in the USA. They said the same thing before every new regulation; this law was the one that would keep us safe.
You and I would have to be insane to believe them. I guess we were.
New York proposed a firearms restraining order law similar to the one recently passed in California. Now that is crazy.
About Rob Morse: By day, Rob Morse works as a mild mannered engineer for a Southern California defense contractor. By night he writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Gun Rights Magazine, Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog. He is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.