Thursday, October 8, 2015

Republicans don't care about the mentally ill or gun background checks.

The idea that we can reduce gun deaths by pursuing everyone that might be mentally ill is crazy all by itself. It can't be done.

But imagine if we took the right to bear arms away from everyone who suffers from some kind of mental illness:
In 2013, there were an estimated 10 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. with Serious Mental Illness in the past year. This represented 4.2 percent of all U.S. adults.

In 2013, there were an estimated 43.8 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. with Any Mental Illness in the past year. This represented 18.5 percent of all U.S. adults.

About 53 million Americans, nearly a quarter of all adults in the U.S., disarmed.

The weird cruel joke about not expanding background checks? Gun purchases still won't be using the greatly expanded data base. So what's the point?

Republicans like Scott Walker love to repeat the NRA talking point, but it doesn't make any sense. Walker can double down...heck triple down on documenting the mentally ill, but it won't matter. That's why the following is mindless rhetoric:
Walker is steering away from the idea of stiffer gun policies, focusing instead on the issue of mental health treatment.

“The one thing you see commonly, unfortunately in almost every one of these instances is someone who’s fallen through the cracks when it comes to mental health services."

Walker says he's boosted state funding for mental health treatment and invested more money than any other governor in the past 25 years but says it will take more than money to address the root of the problem.

“The best thing we can do, more than just money, is try to break the stigma,” said Walker. “I think the more we break that stigma the better off we're going to be because then people aren't going to be afraid to get the help they need.”

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