Re: PTSD and rights
Not so sure I can get behind a PTSD diagnosis also meaning "automatic" removal of rights, or confiscation of someone's possessions.
You would think if we were going to have a rational discussion on this it would have to include the one making diagnosis, as in a set of guidelines using the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.) When it comes to classification standards then you can get into severity, or complexity, or source events (as in the reason) for a PTSD determination. It is often complex, and as such should not be subject to whimsical suggestions. PTSD as a diagnosis covers many things, not always being the result of warfare or witness to gun based violent acts. Firemen can have it, EMTs, medical professionals even, other first responders, someone who just happened to witness or go through some traumatic event, etc. So, it is not just about guns, or even just about other weapons.
What should not happen is some blanket Obamacare like line item in a legislation effort that takes out of the hands of a professional the step of diagnosis that one may be a danger to themselves or someone else. This is what happens when emotional driven desires to "do something" results in unintended consequence. Leave it to those we charge to make these PTSD diagnoses to determine when someone needs help from themselves.
- Frustrated Independent
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin
"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people.” - Penn Jillette amazingly enough, and I agree.