How do you defend yourself when you are called crazy? Anything you say can be dismissed as the ranting of a crazy person. Therein, lies the problem with turning our gun debate or any other policy matter over to “mental health professionals.”
The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, or DSM-V, is hitting library shelves across the country. Included are a plethora of diagnoses, including some that many feel could be used to label those with political perspectives against the grain of groupthink in America.
Second Amendment advocates are desperate to take the heat off of guns as the culprit of school shootings, terrorist horrors and other societal ills. Thus, the idea that the whole problem is really one of “mental health” is very appealing.
I got a letter this morning from a patriot who went to a meeting with Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. He was delighted to tell me that finally, “Conservatives are getting it.” The pressure for reform has moved away from the guns and toward mental health.
I felt like I had dropped into a black hole and was falling deeper and deeper while screaming, “Noooooooo!”