"What can you say for the Assistant District Attorney and her friend, the senior-hating, habitually lying landlady? They can write their names in the snow, and then punctuate them from across the courtroom.
Anyone can have a “reasonable fear” of some thing or person. Self-righteous bigots do it all the time. In the 1980’s there were medical professionals in Springdale, Arkansas who presumably had a reasonable fear that giving someone narcotics for pain would get them hooked, and corrupt not only their morals, but those of the community. That’s likely why they made my Aunt Lucy die of excruciating ovarian cancer without painkillers, and maybe even a man in our church back around the ‘60s with bone cancer just as painful. It was their standard of care. Those people with titles before and letters after their names, just like the professionals the State of Oklahoma grants the right to decide who needs to be locked up, “for their own good”, in the same mental institutions that employ those professionals.
After all, “reasonable fear” is why many people if not most agree that no one with a mental illness should have a gun. As if mental illnesses are somehow all cause the same disabilities. As if no one can ever live with mental illness and not have any moral discipline about how it affects their actions. Like soldiers coming back from a war with PTSD. As if all the violent, paranoid, raging bullies who have never been formally diagnosed with a mental illness are somehow more safe and trustworthy. As if it is not easy and reliable to tell who is likely to commit future violence from their history of past violence.
Speaking as someone who grew up in a military family and went to grade school across the fence from Pearl Harbor, where the Japanese aircraft cannon shell pockmarks were still fresh after 12 years, I intend to challenge the Constitutionality of the Federal law, if I can, that says that anyone who has ever been committed to a mental facility, at any time for any reason, may never own firearms or ammunition again. No matter what the mental illness or its severity and effects; no matter the length of stay; no matter the falsehood of the accusations or diagnosis used against that person. As if mental institutions have not had a history for hundreds of years of abuse and scandal, including outright abducting people off the street for insurance profit in the U.S. as late as the 1990s, even children. As if anyone now can truly understand the human mind. As if the standards and methods of diagnosing it are based upon reliable physical tests, and not shot full of holes.
Those people that create a separate law and legal system, with lesser standards of evidence and proof for those with mental illnesses, make those they fear in their ignorance and intolerance into second-class citizens, creating a double standard of stupidity. It only forces people to hide their difficulties and leave them untreated. Until naivety or desperation impels them to take a chance on being labeled as forever unfit to have normal human reactions and emotions, much less allowed defend themselves against criminal attack, even another attack like one that may have started their difficulties. Leaving them with even lower social acceptance than the felons who would attack them.
Because I like irony, I just hope I get to do it while President Obama is still in office. Remember that his Administration has already tried to claim that all Veterans coming back from the Middle-East are mentally ill and should be banned from owning firearms. A political shot below the belt in my opinion, against those who are mostly Republicans. He will almost certainly have to send his Solicitor General to the Supreme Court to argue that there really is a minority that is so justly feared that its members cannot be allowed to defend themselves. And my response would be:
Oh, you mean like the Kluxers and Massas before them feared that people just like Mr. Obama would rise up and murder them in their beds, and called those people “crazy N-words”?
Which brings to mind a justifiable response to the question that most psychiatrists ask at the start of almost every session, “Are you thinking of hurting yourself or anyone else?”
“Oh, no, Massa – Ah never thinks of white women at all!” "