LETTER: It’s a mental health issue, not a gun issue

Mar. 09, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Of all the audacious ideas that have been put forward by the current administration, this one is possibly the most hypocritical of them all. Our president has the nerve to talk about banning, and still may be trying to take, many types of weapons away from the American people because of a knee-jerk reaction to a mental health issue.

Don’t start screaming at me. I am horribly and forever shaken by the deaths of all people who were killed by the mentally ill people in Connecticut, Colorado and any other state. This, however, doesn’t take away the fact that it isn’t a gun law issue, but a mental health issue.

Recently, in this paper, a person likened the meeting at the Republican headquarters to a tete-a-tete between Adolph Hitler, Idi Amin and Hugo Chavez. ... All the while, our leader at the White House was suffering from a bad case of weapon envy. He wanted to make sure that he had the biggest gun of all. Not only does he want us to be disarmed, he wants to have drones flying over our country so that he can kill anyone he wants whenever he wants. That’s right, he wants to be able to totally avoid the pesky rules that have governed our country for over two centuries and kill U.S. citizens without a trial or any other inalienable right. Oh, I forgot that he hasn’t really shown the greatest of respect for our Constitution so far, so why start now?

Does anyone but me and Rand Paul have a problem with this? Getting the new head of the CIA to agree in writing that this power will not be allowed is a great start, but still no guarantee. Are you still worried about your neighbor having an AR-15? If your neighbor is mentally stable, then you’d better be concerned about death from above and not death from next door. Why isn’t this all over the news? Why aren’t people screaming at the tops of their collective lungs?

Since we can’t seem to get upset over something this important, maybe we should all give up our liberties now and become the puppets that they want us to be.

Sean Boswell

Sanford