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Mental disorders

February 10, 2013

As elected officials in Washington propose new laws regarding firearms the following facts should be considered: In 2011, according to the FBI, the most current year that statistics are available,......

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CMReeder

Feb-11-13 8:40 AM

Keep government at a minimum. That means nothing will get done and the result is people falling or slipping through the cracks.

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CHayes

Feb-10-13 10:35 PM

"There is a specific type of disorder that should be included in the no gun group and that number is relatively small."

Really? What disorder is that?

"Also, if a patient is denied this right because of a diagnosis from a doctor there need to be some appeal path."

Well that's a neat trick considering that medical records are private, and the majority of people with mental disorders are undiagnosed. Were you thinking that telling people they can't own guns anymore if they get a certain mental diagnosis, is going to stimulate a run on psychiatrists? And even if it did, the psychiatrists can't reveal patient records by law.

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clw1162

Feb-10-13 10:33 PM

Robert J. Boinske, you should get your facts straight before you make comments about something you obviously know nothing about.Asperger's syndrome is not a mental disorder,it is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Its only speculation by a bunch of newscasters who are totally ignorant to what asperger's is and how it affects someone. Its still not known for sure if Lanza even had Aspergers. My child has asperger's he is highly intelligent,as most aspergers kids,and at age 17 has started writing his first book.He does not have a violent cell in his body. people with aspergers have sensory issues such as aversions to certain foods,or not liking the feeling of scratchy clothes,they are incapable of lieing,and come off as rude at times,they live in a litteral world.They are also socially awkward,not socially inept.There is no connection between aspergers and violent behavior.watch the following link ***********cbsnews****/video/watch/?id=50137299n

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enigma

Feb-10-13 3:28 PM

Chuck,"How about the drugs the person is taking? Who gets to decide what normal mental functioning is?"

These are good question. It is well known that certain drugs increase the chances of violent behavior and they are being prescribed at an ever increasing rate. In many cases it would be better not to prescribe drugs at all.

The second question is tough. Obviously if some people are going to be prohibitted from buying guns, the government has to be involved in some way, but to keep abuse to a minimum, government involvement should be kept to a minimum. Also, if a patient is denied this right because of a diagnosis from a doctor there need to be some appeal path. This will require some careful thought. I know what I would do, but the government never listens to me.

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enigma

Feb-10-13 3:15 PM

As usual, the liberals are going off half cocked. Not every mental disorder makes a person a danger to himself or others. There is a specific type of disorder that should be included in the no gun group and that number is relatively small. If it weren't then one in four Americans would be out killing people. You would think that would be obvious even to gun haters, but apparently it is not.

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CHayes

Feb-10-13 11:28 AM

The writer hits the nail, and drives it through the board. Everyone says that people with mental disorders should be prevented from purchasing firearms. How exactly are you going to pull that off when about 1 in every 4 Americans has a diagnoseable mental disorder, and the vast majority of them are undiagnosed? Send people that want to buy a gun for a 5 day inpatient mental evaluation?

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CMReeder

Feb-10-13 9:09 AM

You are not sure what the writer is talking about but you are going to make a statement anyways.

How about the drugs the person is taking? Who gets to decide what normal mental functioning is?

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USABorn

Feb-10-13 8:05 AM

Just out of curiosity, I wonder how many kids have the problems they have today, because of the drugs their parents took? Not trying to be smart, would really like to know.

In the early to mid 80's, obstetricians began quitting the practice of delivering babies because of the dramatic increase in malpractice suits. It seems that every time a baby was born with any kind of problem, or developed one over the next couple years, it was the doctors fault.

I think drugs have caused more problems then most people are willing to admit.

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enigma

Feb-10-13 8:05 AM

I'm not sure what the writer is getting at, but it sounds to me like we need to find out what it is about our society that has so many people suffering mental disorders. That will not happen of course, because to even suggest what the problem is would be politically incorrect.

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