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Rjohnson October 30th, 2012 10:39 AM

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Obama said something during his second debate that offended me. He said that guns should be kept out of the hands of the mentally ill. That comment suggested that every mentally ill person is capable of violence. That isn't true.

I'm mentally ill and I'm not violent. I've never committed a crime. I've never even gotten a jay walking ticket. My mom is also mentally ill and she's not violent either. She's one of the sweetest people alive. The majority of the mentally ill are harmless.

Yes, it's true that some mentally ill people are violent and those who show any signs of violent behavior shouldn't be allowed to own guns. But Obama didn't say that guns should be kept out of the hands of certain mentally ill people. He said they should be kept out of the hands of all mentally ill people.

Obama obviously thinks that mentally ill people are dangerous. That's prejudice. Let me give you an example. Some women kill people with guns. Would it be fair if I said that because some women are violent that guns should be kept out of the hands of all women? Of course it wouldn't be fair. That would be prejudice. And saying that guns should be kept out of the hands of the mentally ill is just as prejudice.

Obama was trying to gain more votes with his second debate but he lost one. And if he offended other mentally ill people, he may lose more.

Fayt October 30th, 2012 10:58 AM

Most of us knew what mentally ill people he was talking about. So don't you think you're doing the same thing you claim Obama is doing and blaming him for not being specific?

You're no better.

Podium Pentothal October 31st, 2012 03:12 AM

One in four Americans suffer from one sort of mental disability or another. This includes everything from depression to schizophrenia.

In most cases, the cause can be found in the chemical makeup of the brain. If one of the brain’s neurotransmitters is off by even the slightest fraction of a percent then problems can occur. Unfortunately, the medical community, the FDA and the American public don’t deal with these issues well at all.

Other countries have learned to take a more proactive approach to finding solutions. Here in the U.S., we lag far, far behind.

It’s like Churchill said, “Americans will always do the right thing, after they’ve exhausted all other choices”.

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