Was ‘Mental Illness’ REALLY the Problem in San Bernardino?

God, please grant peace to the family, friends, and coworkers of the shooting victims in Colorado Springs and the terrorist attack in San Bernardino. Thank you for the law enforcement officers who killed the terrorists, and may the man who murdered the innocents in CO Springs be put to death swiftly.

And please bring clarity to those who mock people who pray.

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On one hand, we should care little about what motivates murder. Whether someone is considered mentally ill or a terrorist, murder is murder, and should be stopped at every opportunity. On the other hand, to know more people are dying because of terrorist attacks, and we know that Islamists want a worldwide caliphate which means all non-Muslims are converted, subjugated, or killed, our survival depends on understanding who our enemy is and how to fight them.

In light of the Colorado Springs shooting, the enigmatic condition known as mental illness seems to be all we were supposed to talk about…until the events in San Bernardino. Then it was all about gun control. From local Denver talk show host Dan Caplis to our new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, too much intellectual ground is given to the Left in debating gun policy, especially regarding mental illness.

On Tuesday of this week, a caller on the Caplis show said, among other totalitarian edicts, anyone who has had mental problems like alcohol abuse shouldn’t be able to own a gun. Naturally, this spittle came on the heels of “I have my own guns, and I’m not trying to ban guns.” Caplis seemed to care far too much in agreeing with this caller, bending over backward in acknowledging that something must be done about mental illness and firearm ownership.

Paul Ryan said this:

“Clearly, we can do more, and one common denominator in these tragedies is mental illness. That’s why we need to look at fixing our nation’s mental health system.”

Good, play directly into the Left’s hands by presuming we can take a screenshot of someone’s face or life, and know for certain if they’re going to “go off.” Better yet, let’s give a team of ivory tower bureaucrats the permission to review conversations a guy had with a therapist 15 years ago over the pain he felt getting shot down by a girl when he asked for her phone number at a bar. In other words, corral mental illness and keep those afflicted with its nearly countless forms and degrees away from firearms. You’d have better luck nailing Jello to a tree.

Speaking of mental illness, Barack Obama — uncomfortably laughing — said this on December 1 WHILE IN PARIS:

“I mean, I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings; this just doesn’t happen in other countries.”

Not Paris, Texas. This intellectual midget was speaking in Paris, France, the site where ~130 people were slaughtered with guns a mere 18 days prior. Worse, Obama was almost simultaneously blathering about gun control while the Muslim version of Bonnie and Clyde — who, curiously, don’t care about pipe bomb laws — were slaughtering innocents in California. And no one calls Obama on his incessant, ideological Tourettes outbursts that deny what’s in everyone’ s face.

To purchase a gun anywhere in this country you must complete a form, under penalty of perjury, and undergo an ATF background check before you take possession of that firearm. Yes, even at gun shows. The only alleged loophole — another way of saying “existing law” — is when one person sells or passes on a gun to another person, as in a friend or family member. There’s not a law on this planet that will prevent this type of transaction.

Do conservatives want crazy people to have guns? Of course not. We surely do not want terrorists to get guns. Knowing that hope alone is meaningless; how many more unarmed people have to die before we take action that has a verifiable impact?

Do you want to reduce gun crime to statistical insignificance?

— Give tax credits to American citizens who purchase their own firearms, attend training, and apply and are approved for conceal carry licenses
— Promote proper use, storage, maintenance, and conceal carry practices on TV, radio, and the Web.
— Allow any teacher or school administrator who qualifies to conceal carry, and any veteran or off-duty law enforcement officer who qualifies to open carry on any school property
— Outlaw gun free zones
— Or, forgo the above and say the 2nd Amendment is our permit, and everyone gets to bear arms without limitation

Evil exists. Bat-excrement crazy people exist. Whether motivated by mental illness or a religion that flat out calls for the death of non-believers, murderers cannot destroy lives and property carte blanche when everyday Americans are packing.

If you think the Left is concerned for the safety of the American people, you’re wrong. Not just your average state representative, Maryland Deputy Attorney General Thiruvendran “Thiru” Vignarajaln speaks for multitudes of these totalitarians when he said (thank you, James O’Keefe):

[W]e should ban guns altogether, period.

Still think we have common ground?

Image: Screen Shot: http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/who-was-tashfeen-malik–579960387712

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About the author: Michael Cummings

Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.

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