As the Left begins to lose the debate on guns, as the debate turns to mental health as the real problem, the Washington Post just happens to run two pieces today begging that we don’t pick on crazy people like the Post and the Left have been picking on gun owners. The first, “Predicting violence is a work in progress“, David Brown writes;
It’s now fairly clear, for example, that people with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and some personality disorders, are more likely to commit violent acts than others. But the risk is small. The vast majority of mentally ill people won’t commit assault, rape, arson or homicide, although the risk rises sharply among those who abuse drugs and alcohol.
Yeah, well, neither will your average gun owner, but that’s not stopping the government and the media from making it appear as if we will and punishing us all for the actions of a statistically miniscule few.
In the other piece, Martin E.P. Seligman, former president of the American Psychological Association writes a similar piece; “Evil vs. crazy: What’s in the minds of mass murderers?“;
Crazy people and evil people can commit mass murder, and they always do it with guns. Our society’s only real leverage, at least in the near term, lies in reducing access to guns. Our national experience with another lethal menace, cigarettes, shows that government regulation massively saves lives. High taxation on cigarettes and restricting access to them has markedly cut smoking rates and improved health. High taxes on guns and strong restrictions on their availability are the only realistic hope for avoiding many more Sandy Hooks.
Yep, it’s always the guns, not the people. The picture at the head of the first article shows Jared Loughner, Adam Lanza and James Holmes – all three were at least recognized as being unbalanced. In the case of Holmes and Loughner, the people who knew they weren’t “right” were silent which allowed the murderers to buy guns. Lanza’s mother was reportedly in the process of putting her son into a treatment facility. In Webster, NY, Spengler was forbidden by law to buy guns because he was a convicted murderer.
All four should have been warehoused, but we can’t say that out loud. Can you imagine the Washington Post running two stories warning readers not to blame gun owners for the actions of a few? But here we have two articles on the front page of the Post warning us to not blame nuts for the actions of a few nuts.
I guess it just makes the liberals at the Post feel better about themselves because they oppose guns and cleave to the mentally ill. Regardless of the fact that criminals and crazy people won’t divest themselves of their guns.