At a press conference today (12/21/2012), National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre made the suggestion that a database of all ‘mentally ill’ individuals in the United States be created.
There is so much wrong with what LaPierre was on about, it’s going to be difficult to keep my comments to his database proclamation alone. However, let me kick off a conversation by asking everyone who reads this blog and has a mental illness how they feel about potentially being treated in a way similar to a sex offender.
Here is the quote from the transcript of the NRA press conference:
“How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame from a national media machine that rewards them with wall-to-wall attention and a sense of identity that they crave, while provoking others to try to make their mark?” LaPierre asked. “A dozen more killers, a hundred more? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation’s refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?”
Fun fact, LaPierre:
Creation of a mandatory national database probably would have had little impact on the ability of suspected shooters in four mass shootings since 2011 to get and use powerful weapons. The other people accused either stole the weapons used in the attacks or had not been ruled by courts to be “mentally defective” before the shootings.
Thanks to everyone who has responded so far. Let’s keep the conversation going.
I invite more discussion below.