- Posted January 29, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun control debate: Background checks
I've heard that about one in seven people have some
sort of mental issue. The requiring of mental health
providers to report mental health people is a violation
of the patient/doctor privileged communication.
I believe mental health workers presently have the
ability, responsibility, to report illegal activity
to authorities. Which mental health issues will
result in disenfranchizing? People with depression,
schizophrenia, manic-depression, obsesive compulsive?
Which mental issue should be in a national database
of the mentally ill? The current law requires that
people 'adjudicated' as mental defectives not be
able to purchase firearms. The current law disenfranchizes
anyone who has been committed to a mental institution. Current
purchase ATF form 4473 law lists a dozen disabling criteria.
You can't buy a firearm if a felon, buying for someone
else, a fugitive, unlawful user of drugs, dishonorable
discharge from military, under restraining order, convict of
domestic violence, renounced US citizenship, illegal
alien or certain immigrants.
I enjoy the freedom to own and shoot firearms. It is
like the freedom of speech, or to worship as I please,
or not. I don't own firearms for personal protection,
I keep my handgun in a lockbox with the combination
deep inside my computer that I don't remember. It
takes me ten minutes to get my pistol out of the box.
It would then take another minute to load my nine
bullet magazine. I keep my pistol as safe from
theft or misuse as I can think of. My firearms
are simply a freedom that I enjoy.