We are finally making progress in getting those returning military to set foot in the halls of behavioral health or other counseling programs and admit they might have a problem to address before they commit suicide. How are the new gun law proposals about back ground checks due to increasing mass public shootings going to affect seeking help? Once mental health issues are identified, theoretically, you should no longer be able to possess a weapon. And theoretically, suicides direct their feelings inward, not outward so are we going to see a change in the mode? Or am I misreading current thought?
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My opinion here... The simple diagnosis of PTSD by itself should not constitute an automatic ban from owning a firearm. There are various levels and symptoms for PTSD, not all of which would or should preclude someone from owning a gun. This should be left in the hands of a qualified psychologist. To avoid a diagnosis from an activist anti-gun psychologist, the individual should be able to request a second opinion (or more).
It's all fun, games, and politics until you start impacting first responders. Many of them suffer and successfully deal with their PTSD symptoms and have no problems doing their jobs. Even military members do too. But if you're going to use a blanket "mental health" name as a disqualifier, let's see how many cops, firemen, EMT's, and servicemembers end up jobless and without weapons. Funny they're not the ones acting ignorant.
No, you aren't misreading. This will put a massive halt to people seeking assistance with mental health issues and those that are already diagnosed will become criminals because they will not give up their firearms. This is already being played out in some locations where sheriff's deputies have been run off of some properties trying to confiscate weapons from veterans.
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