Background checks are a Trojan horse to complete gun control…and Republicans are allowing it to happen.

 

“I don’t consider criminal background checks to be gun control,” Senator Pat Toomey (R) PA said during a press conference at the Capitol. “I think it’s commonsense. If you pass a criminal background check, you get to buy a gun. No problem. It’s the people who fail a criminal or mental health background that we don’t want to have a gun.”

 

Sounds peachy, right?  Easy peasy…as long as you pass a background check you’re good to go.  The government will allow you exercise your God given right of self-protection.  (Isn’t that so nice of them?!?)

 

One problem…who’s making the rules for the background checks and are you missing the not so subtle MENTAL HEALTH portion of it?

 

Of course, it sounds logical that anyone with a history of extreme mental illness wouldn’t be allowed to own a weapon.  Because to most rational law abiding citizens, we think of the types of mental illness that will exclude you from owning a weapon will be the ones that are truly dangerous.

 

Sociopaths, schizophrenics, truly mentally unstable people who are unable to differentiate between what’s acceptable behavior and what’s not. Of course we want to keep guns out of the hands of CRIMINALS and MAD MEN like Adam Lanza, Jared Loughner, James Holmes or anyone else who are truly mad.  But would background checks have stopped them?  Doubtful and any background checks that might truly stop them will also prevent law abiding citizens from exercising their God given rights.

 

But what we’re failing to recognize is that the definition of these “mental health” background requirements haven’t been defined are often not limited to the truly mentally unstable.

 

Questions that American’s need to ask are what is the extent of the mental health background check? What are its limitations?  Will they apply to households or the person who specifically had to deal with the mental illness.

 

If we’re talking about people who are genuinely ill, then of course, no one thinks that person should be able to own a weapon.  But will it apply to the FAMILY MEMBERS who share a household with that person, as would have been the case with Adam Lanza’s mother.  SHE wasn’t mentally ill…HE WAS.  Do these requirements prevent family members from owning weapons simply because someone close to them is sick?

 

What about a woman who had just had a baby and is dealing with post-partum depression?  Her doctor prescribes a mood stabilizer to help her get through that period of adjustment.  Technically, that’s a mental disorder.  Will SHE be denied her 2nd Amendment rights because of this temporary state?  What about her husband?  Will he as well, simply because he shares a household with a person with a history of mental illness?

 

What about members of our military who often have a difficult time dealing with the traumatic situations they endure while serving our country?  If they seek help for PTSD will they be classified as mentally unstable and denied their rights?

 

If this is the case, then it’s our opinion that not only will this prevent law abiding citizens from exercising their 2nd Amendment rights, it will also deter many people from seeking care for mental health issues when they truly need help simply because they don’t want their rights taken away.  So you run the risk of making the problem of those with mental health issues even worse because they won’t seek help out of fear of having their medical files flagged.   So we end up with MORE cases of people refusing to seek care for their mental health, which leads to a lack of stability, which can ultimately lead to a very bad situation.

 

So you defeat the purpose of having these checks in place.

 

Additionally, with the prevalence of mental health struggles in society today, it’s very rare to find a household where no one in the home has gone through a period of struggles where they sought help.  If these background checks are to exclude all members of a household where someone has dealt with mental illness, then gun control has just been implemented because NO ONE will be allowed to obtain weapons.

 

If the law requiring background checks is allowed to pass the House, then Progressive democrats just won.  Our 2nd Amendment rights will be stripped and law abiding citizens will not be allowed to defend themselves not only from criminals who will stop at nothing to victimize society, but we will also be defenseless against a tyrannical government who imposes their will on the people of a nation regardless of what those citizens want.

 

This has happened many times over the course of history.  It doesn’t end well for anyone who opposes the government.

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