Local tyrants have picked up the mantle on the gun-grabbing front now that lovers of the Second Amendment have an ally in the White House. Gun haters at the state, county and city level are all doing their best to restrict the rights of locals. The latest example is a County Commissioner from Michigan, who wants to subject everyone to a mental health screening before they can buy ammunition.
Commissioner Reggie Davis is pushing the so-called “Bullet Bill” which would force residents in Wayne County (basically, Detroit) to submit to a mental health screening to buy ammo. It gets even better! Assuming that a government worker doesn’t declare you nuts right on the spot, the county will limit the amount of ammunition that people can purchase.
Oh, and it gets even better! Residents will only be able to purchase ammo directly from the police station! That’ll go over really well in Detroit, where social cohesion and trust of police has eroded to Mogadishu-like levels under years to rule by the gun-grabbing Democrats.
The first thing to note – and you should shout this from the rooftops anytime some lawmaker trots out their “new” mental health bill – is that this is a complete and utter sham. It is a lie wrapped in a layer of untruths and covered in bovine excrement. “We don’t want to take away everyone’s guns! We just want to keep those dangerous, mentally ill people from having guns!” Uh huh. Sure.
There’s already a federal law that bans people who have been adjudicated “mentally defective” from owning, possessing or purchasing firearms or ammunition. These people have been through a lengthy legal process – as is correct – and ultimately been deemed ineligible for firearms ownership. That’s already the law and it’s been the law for decades.
Any “new” law being proposed by any lawmaker at the federal, state, or local level is a scheme designed to label YOU as mentally ill and thus take away your right to keep and bear arms.
The attacks on American rights come from both Republicans and Democrats. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) wrote a mental health firearm bill a few years ago that was so vaguely written that couples in marriage counseling would have lost their Second Amendment rights. This is yet another problem with all mental health legal restrictions.
The concept is too subjective to be imposed fairly. Where’s the cutoff? There are people with catastrophic cases of schizophrenia who would never think to pick up a gun and use it against themselves and others. What about a veteran who has occasional nightmares about their time in Iraq? Should she lose her gun rights for that if she seeks counseling?
Under Commissioner Davis’ “Bullet Bill,” what happens if you fail the mental health screening at the police station? The gun-grabbers like to throw out legislation and paint it as if it begins and ends there. That’s their dirty little secret. These piecemeal bills that chip away at your rights can be used to daisy-chain the effects together.
Walk through this scenario. You go to a police station in Detroit and sit down for your mental health screening. You’re having a bad hair day and the mental health screener is your cousin’s belligerent ex-wife. Congratulations, you’ve just been declared mentally ill!
It doesn’t end there. Next, the police want to talk to you, because you’ve just been declared crazy. Do you have any firearms at home? (Obviously, since you’re there to try to buy ammo.) Do you have children at home? If you show the slightest resentment, you end up behind bars for your own “safety.” After all, the police can’t allow a dangerous mentally ill person who owns firearms back on the street!
While they’re at it, they’ll have to take your guns into protective custody as well. You’ll get them back on the fourth Tuesday after never. Plus, your name now goes on the NICS background checklist, so you’ll never be able to purchase another firearm from a gun shop.
And it’s all because you forgot to comb your hair and the mental health screener has a grudge against your family. The lesson, as always, is to read the fine print on every bill that seeks to take away gun rights from anyone.
Like it or not, the Second Amendment doesn’t restrict anyone from gun ownership. Any additions to it need to be approached with a healthy dose of skepticism.
~ American Gun News