The Real Crime in Gun Control
Recently, Justice Department Spokesman Matthew Miller state that firearms permits should be denied those with “serious mental illness.” Although as most Americans would agree with that, the deception lies in the exact meaning of “serious mental illness.” In many states, such as New Jersey, you are deemed unable to receive a firearms permit if you tell the truth and state that you have been - or are - on “anti - anxiety” or “anti - depressive” medications. This is more than silly, it is moronic. The real crime in “gun control” is not just the “state” methodically disarming the citizenry, nor is it just the fact that “gun control” only really controls good and law – abiding citizens. Criminals can get any and all types of unregistered weaponry and tactical ammunition with ease. It is not just the “state” taking away our “right to keep and bear arms”, but the real distortion of “gun control” is in the fact that many, many citizens who have or had any neurotic condition and been treated successfully for it (such as anxiety, depression or mood disorders) are denied permits to purchase a pistol or rifle. With the exception of those who have been committed involuntarily to an institution, attempted suicide or those who have been a threat to harming others, reasonable denial of such a right is a warranted and a prudent practice.
The local police and the New Jersey State Police charge and “arm and a leg” so that we may have their blessing to claim our right to purchase firearms and ammunition, yet want a “release” from a psychiatrist as clearance, in order to absolve them from any “liability”. That paper means nothing as we shall see later, yet strangely, they refuse to take any responsibility for those applicants that have had such mild conditions in the collective scope of our human frailty.
36 – 42% of armed police officers are being treated for any one of these neuroses, at any given time. Just as many are on psychotropic medications, yet they carry weapons round the clock and are armed to the teeth!
Just look at the stress disorders that police suffer from, and the failed marriage rate of police officers. Again, they are armed 24 hours a day. Who certifies to the public…us…that they will not snap? See where we are heading?
Thirdly, if someone wants to kill themselves or others, a piece of paper from a psychiatrist or a therapist is an unfair and meaningless request. No one can guarantee anyone’s behavior, any break with reality or any crime of aggression and is a completely ridiculous form of public “safety”. If the desire is there, no paper or testimony will ensure that any act of harm - whether by blade, rope, gas, “suicide by cop”, electricity, pills, alcohol or a “street piece” will not act out in proper society. No shrink, police department or paperwork will be able to forestall that extreme behavior… and the “state” knows it.
As we must already deduce, including the most staunch “gun control” advocates, that the system we use is flawed and unconstitutional. Exhibiting a sad lack of clear thinking, both police and legislators wish to just absolve themselves from any responsibility regarding this outrage. They sought this “gun control” so they should take not only our fees, but the responsibility for the whole program! They cannot just exercise the selective harassment of law – abiding citizens in the practice and free expression of their God – given rights as Americans. Just as a “wall of paper” is supposed to add some sense of safety when we hire teachers who may abuse or sexually use underage minors. These papers and testimonies mean nothing…just like many Catholic priests or church leaders who go through all types of background checks. All of these again stop nothing.
No matter how they try, the “state” will never trump God. Such ludicrous gun “laws” and the unjust robbery of anyone’s second amendment right is something most Americans are firmly against. Maybe the powers that be still seek to strip us of that right, leading us to a state of a government taxing us to death, not representing us and robbing us of our Constitutional rights. Such a formula has led many Americans to a point where they believe that to restore this nation to a free and just society, they may need to bear arms once again against the oppression of tyranny. It has happened before in our beloved nation, but then again, how can we do anything as they take the guns away from the citizenry – whether by fees or ersatz psycho testimonies. And they still cannot control the hardware or behavior that allows the criminal elements of our nation to run amuck…killing and stealing at will.
The crime of gun control rests on the state and it alone.
Steven Maness, Ph.D., Chairman
New Jersey Chapter
Conservative Party, U.S.A.