24 Feb 18
Bump-Stocks and Mental Illness
We’ve yet to see where all this is going, at least at the Federal level, but even DJT currently thinks “Bump-Stocks” need to be banned, and NICS checks need to be “tightened,” particularly with regard to “mental illness,” however that illusive term might be defined.
As always, critical details are never talked about!
No legitimate Operator gives a damn about “Bump Stocks!” Their “kiddy-appeal” generated some retail sales, but they are silly and nothing that has any serious application, nor that would interest me.
Yet, arguments in favor of their banning are completely false!
A single, Bump-Stock-equipped rifle was found at the scene of the Las Vegas, NV shooting of 1 Oct 17, mixed-in with at least a dozen other rifles of various descriptions.
There is no evidence the Bump-Stock-equipped rifle was ever fired, nor used in any way! Nor have Bump-Stocks ever been involved in any other crime. But, a single copy was “found at the scene,” and I guess that alone “justifies” a federal ban, at least in our upside-down world!
No one is talking about exactly how Bump-Stocks currently in private hands are going to be rounded-up and apparently confiscated. Ugly details like that are “subject-non-grata” with our liberal media, and apparently with our President!
However, what concerns me much more is the ill-defined term, “mental illness,” being used to arbitrarily strip Americans of our Second-Amendment rights.
Who decides who is “mentally ill,” or for that matter, exactly what “mental illness” is?
Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot and a host of other tyrants routinely used accusations of “mental illness” as a convenient pretext to disenfranchised political dissidents, eventually imprisoning and murdering them. Health-care “professionals” of the era were recruited to do the paperwork, and most were only too happy to comply!
I only wish I could put that scenario above our current generation of leftists!
So, will all with “MDs” behind their name, now be able to declare any fellow citizen “mentally ill,” and thus permanently disenfranchise him of her?
As I’ve said before, will a person’s entire (heretofore private) health-history now become an “open book” just because he wants to buy a gun?
Will there be any kind of appeal process? Will it take years? Of course, we know the answer to that!
Again, no one in the media, even Fox News, ever asks those inconvenient questions!
Most of us will agree that authors of the Magna Carta, and of our Constitution for that matter (particularly our Bill of Rights), would have been solemnly declared “mentally ill” by standards of the day, and by most “health-care professionals” of the period!
This is a slippery slope!
“When you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him. Give him only one. Better yet, give him none!
When government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it.
Give them contests they win by remembering the words to popular songs, or the names of state capitals, or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data. Chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant.’
Then they’ll think they’re thinking, and they’ll get a sense of motion without moving, and they’ll be happy!”