In California, we recently passed a law that lets a doctor take away your means of self-defense. A mental health professional, a cop or a family member can ask a judge for a firearms restraining order. This new power will be abused. It will also be ineffective in stopping crazy people who want firearms. How do we know the new law will not stop the mentally ill? We know because crazy people have told us. Some of them are evil and they lie.
The young murderer who shot up the Arapahoe High School in Colorado planned his attack. He called himself a “psychopath” in his secret diary. The murderer was a narcissistic loon. He vowed revenge for slights dating back to elementary school. He was a discipline problem at high school and threatened his debate coach. The murderer wrote that he wanted to commit “mass murder and be in a place of power where I and I alone are judge, jury and executioner.” That, friends, is called a clue.
The mental health professionals missed it. The murderer was required to take two mental health evaluations within a few months of his murders. The murderer first took a threat assessment from a school psychologist. The second evaluation was by therapists at a private behavioral clinic. They determined he was a low-level threat. Yes, then described him as a threat in their reports. So how did this murderer pass the mental health screening designed to detect sociopaths and keep us safe from violent predators? The murderer tells us in his own words. In his diary, the murder said, “Let the record show I lied through my teeth (during) the test.”
The proponents of firearms regulations said they will keep us safe. They promised to take guns from people who are crazy, criminal or corrupt. They promised the same thing 23 thousand times before with each gun law they pass. You would have to be crazy to believe them this time.
I know it sounds crazy, but New York proposed a firearms restraining order law similar to the one recently passed in California.