Mental illness and the second amendment.

 by Jamie Campbell

The second amendment says, “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”

It says absolutely nothing about the mental state of those owning those weapons.

I have been struggling. Not in the typical “I am having problems with the world” sense, but in the I cannot write sense.

I thought I was going to be able to write about something light, you like the current healthcare issues facing the uninsured. Maybe even about the defunding of the food stamp program, adding millions of children to the roster of those who are underfed due to no fault on their own. I thought I could write “light” this time around and talk about the fact that we as a people are arguing again about going to war. Whether for noble reasons or not, we are talking about going to war or falling into the isolationist rhetoric of this is not happening in the United States, so why should I care?

Nope, I could not touch any of those topics. I think the main reason why I have been unable to write is because I did not want to speak what is on the forefront of my thoughts.

Mental illness and the second amendment.

For those unfamiliar with the second, it states:

“A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”

It says absolutely nothing about the mental state of those owning those weapons. I think it is because the authors of the constitution never thought that people who had some type of mental issue would be given a tool that could gravely injure or end someone’s life. We as a people used to police each, take care of one another.