If thereâ€™s one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on, itâ€™s that mentally ill people should not have access to firearms.
But as lawmakers rush to restrict that access in the wake of recent mass shootings, mental health experts warn of unintended consequences: from gun owners avoiding mental health treatment to therapists feeling compelled to report every patient who expresses a violent thought.
â€œMany patients express some idea of harm to other people, everything from, â€˜I wish I could rip my boss limb from limb,â€™ to, â€˜I have a gun and want to blow that guy away,â€™â€ said Paul Applebaum, director of the Division of Law, Ethics, and Psychiatry at Columbia University.
Therapists usually interpret this sort of talk as part of the treatment process, experts say. But under a new law in New York, one of the strongest to be passed to date, therapists may feel compelled to report every instance of violent talk, lest they face legal consequences if something happens. And some say ordinary patients may wind up suffering the most.Advertise |Â AdChoices
â€œThereâ€™s one group of people who are gun owners who may reasonably or unreasonably think, â€˜Iâ€™m not going anywhere near a mental health person, because if they misinterpret something I say as an indication Iâ€™m going to hurt myself or someone else, theyâ€™re going to report me and take away my guns,â€™â€ Applebaum said.
Several polls conducted since the shooting in Newtown, Conn., have found widespread support for new legislation that would restrict the possession of firearms by the mentally ill, as well as for increased government spending on mental health.
This makes total since and people wont get help now what will you do? Obama who canâ€™t see straight, let alone think straight. Everyone is getting fired, put in jail just because the ones with any brains who can see this is Hitler rising again, is getting one of the above.
So now just as people cant confess with in their church with out them telling on you the same thing will happen here. DHS is already teaching the average person to snitch on everyone. It is amazing how un informed people really are and have no clue what is going on. Â Not to mention they cant think out side of the box of all the consequences of the ripple effect. Â as in the above article.
We are in serious trouble as a country. It will be great when the lid blows off and itâ€™s a smack to all those who think this is just going to get better.