October 22, 2017

Shifting Paradigm: Changing How Gun Control is Discussed

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*Editor’s Note* – Recall the old saying that if you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.

A link to this article was posted on the Face Book page of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine – and I’m not sure I understand why. I certainly hope it was not because they endorsed the content of the interview with a “shrink” professor at a university.

At points here and there in the interview, the good professor makes some points about how mental illness is not necessarily the factor behind the causes of mass killings by deranged people. However, the overall tone of the interview is advocating for more government control and more government god-playing in making determinations as to who can and cannot own a gun based upon some god-man sitting in judgement over others of which he or she should never be given authority to do.

To present an interview that readers are led to believe is to “dispel” the “myths” of mental disorders and mass killing, when it is only shifting the paradigm and changing the way we discuss gun control, should be recognized for what it is and nothing more.

While we should advocate for a healthy society, one that includes a serious reduction in the promotion of violence, i.e video games, movies, music, etc., we will never eliminate the occasional nut job who wants to kill for whatever the reasons. I understand that there is always a certain risk to life no matter what I do or where I go. However, it should be MY CHOICE to be able to be prepared to protect myself from those rare instances if I DECIDE that the risk is great enough.

For many years there has always been topics of discussion as to why Americans should have a right taken from them to self protection and to prohibit tyranny. Now that the paradigm is shifting, thanks to ignorant people like Donald Trump who now want to make gun rights about mental health, don’t be fooled into believing that the desire of the anti-gun crowd has actually changed. Imagine that the government determines your Second Amendment “right” by making a determination on your state of mental health. Remember both sides of the fake Left and Right believe those of opposite ideology are mentally ill.

Whatever it takes to remove the threat of tyranny, the ruling elite will accomplish no matter how many fake shootings and psyops they create. Propping them up only accelerates the end result.

To separate the facts from the media hype, we talked to Dr. Jeffrey Swanson, a professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine, and one of the leading researchers on mental health and violence. Swanson talked about the dangers of passing laws in the wake of tragedy ? and which new violence-prevention strategies might actually work.

Here is a condensed version of our conversation, edited for length and clarity.

Source: Myths about mental health and violence, and what makes mass shootings more likely | BDN Maine

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