Friday, April 12, 2013

Mental heath litmus test for gun ownership?

What worries me most about any restrictions tied to "mental health," is the very real possibility that such restrictions will include, or will be expanded to include, all of those people who have taken any psychopharmaceutical.  

It's my understanding that our troops are almost entirely medicated at this point.  Will they all have their rights stripped away as soon as they are discharged?
At a Pentagon that keeps statistics on just about everything, there is no central clearinghouse for this kind of data, and the Army hasn't consistently asked about prescription-drug use, which makes it difficult to track. Given the traditional stigma associated with soldiers seeking mental help, the survey, released in March, probably underestimates antidepressant use. But if the Army numbers reflect those of other services — the Army has by far the most troops deployed to the war zones — about 20,000 troops in Afghanistan and Iraq were on such medications last fall. The Army estimates that authorized drug use splits roughly fifty-fifty between troops taking antidepressants — largely the class of drugs that includes Prozac and Zoloft — and those taking prescription sleeping pills like Ambien.
Also, close to 5 million kids have been diagnosed with ADHD, an absurd invented illness with symptoms such as "acts as if driven by a motor". Most of these kids have been put on ritalin or similar drugs.  Should they never have the right to protect themselves? 
Today, nearly 5% of American children between ages 6 and 17 — about 4.5 million children — have been diagnosed with ADHD, and two-thirds of those take medicine to control their symptoms. The drugs have helped define a generation of young adults widely known as "Generation Rx."
I think it's clear that we're headed towards a future where the government wants to label every single one of us as mentally ill in some form or another - and they are succeeding.  From the perspective of a long term strategy it's clear that this would eventually disarm the entire population.   

The bottom line is, if we grant them the power to dispose of our rights for any reason, they will simply manufacture that reason at some point.


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