Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Fascist Next Door

I'm all for preventing mentally unstable individuals from owning or even having access to firearms if their instability is of the type that makes them dangerous. There are, however, a great number of mental and psychological conditions that exist, which do not cause individuals to be a danger. That's why knee jerk laws, that seek to separate "unhappy" people from their firearms are fraught with pit-falls. Add in the slovenly bureaucracy that is part and parcel of most healthcare systems and chances are that truly innocent individuals will be caught in the dragnet; while dangerous ones go on to kill.

Case in point:

A decorated retired New York cop who served in the U.S. Navy is challenging New York’s tough new SAFE Act gun control law, claiming in a lawsuit that his guns were confiscated after he was mistakenly diagnosed as mentally unstable after he sought treatment for a sleeping problem.

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His troubles started when he visited a Long Island hospital in May complaining of insomnia. He was discharged with a diagnosis of “depression, insomnia” and then returned a short time later for a 48-hour stay. The lawsuit says that during that visit, staff erroneously listed him as an “involuntary admission,” triggering the SAFE Act reporting provision.

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