Letter: Who is really mentally ill?
After more than a week of watching knee-jerk reactions from both poles of the gun-control issue, I am beginning to wonder who the really mentally ill are. One end wants practically no guns in citizens’ hands, and the other wants practically every type of gun possible and hidden if practicable.
Does a concerned citizen need an assault weapon to kill a heavily armed mass murderer during his rampage? One or two well-placed rounds might solve the problem. Should those rounds come from an openly carried semi-automatic hand gun? Sure. It is a deterrent with its very presence.
Ban assault weapons and concealed-carry except for law enforcement and licensed security officers. Any concerned citizen needing either should be considered a mental-health risk and either paranoid, delusional or a sociopath. She or he may be considering mass murder, revolution or sneaking up on someone to commit a crime. (Recreational gun-play could be considered delusional.) Are there any other reasons to own an assault weapon as a citizen?
Any person who even attempts to buy or continue to own an assault weapon or obtain a concealed carry permit without due cause should be considered mentally incompetent to participate in our society.
JOANNE ST. HILAIRE