Gun Rights Activist on Fox News Makes Appalling Claim About the Mentally Ill

prattI’m pretty sure that no matter how long I live, I’ll never understand the obsession some have with guns.  To hear these people talk, they literally want a modern society to be filled with a bunch of citizens walking around with a gun strapped to their hip like it’s the wild wild west.

Any mention of sensible gun regulation sends these people into some ridiculous rant where they’ll tell you guns have nothing to do with gun violence, more guns is the answer, and mental illness is to blame for everything that goes wrong with guns.

They’re right about one thing — mental illness is a leading factor behind gun violence.  I think it’s safe to say anyone who murders people, or even assaults people violently with guns, isn’t exactly mentally stable.  Which is why people like myself support sensible gun regulations that seek to prevent some of these “bad people” from getting guns.

Yes, we know it won’t prevent all of them from getting a gun, but it will help deter many from doing so.  Think of it like birth control.  Does birth control prevent pregnancy 100 percent of the time?  No.  But imagine the massive spike we’d see in unplanned pregnancies if suddenly birth control disappeared.

Well, Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt was on Fox News discussing guns rights and gun regulations.  Chris Wallace brought up the point about the mentally ill and asked Mr. Pratt what we should do to prevent them from obtaining guns.

Mr. Pratt’s answer was, as you would probably guess, completely ridiculous and downright pathetic:

“We ought to put them in jail, not just think that somehow saying you can’t get a gun, but go on down the street, we’re not going to bother with you, that’s silly, that’s just really not a very good idea.”

Ironic, isn’t it?  A man who fights endlessly to preserve his interpretation of our Second Amendment rights has no problem simply arresting and throwing the mentally ill in jail — even if they’ve committed no “crime” aside from being mentally ill, apparently.  I think that alone violates about four major Constitutional rights.

Basically, using his “logic,” if someone seems like they might commit an act of violence with a gun — just throw them in jail.  I guess that means suspicion of the possibility of someone committing a crime (in his world) then becomes a prosecutable offense?

And let’s not forget that millions of Americans are technically classified as “mentally ill” for things such as depression or social anxiety.  These people are usually no threat to commit any act of violence.

This all makes sense, right?  Instead of passing sensible regulations like universal background checks or magazine size limits, let’s just throw mentally ill people in jail.  That’s much more “logical.”

Individuals like Mr. Pratt operate on a whole other level of ignorance I simply can’t grasp.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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