Mentally ill people possessing a gun

Jazzy

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Is it wrong that mentally ill people get charged with felonies for possessing a gun?

Why or why not?
 

Takoda

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That would depend on their reason for possessing the gun. In some cases it would suffice to simply conviscate the weapon.
 

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as someone with bipolar meds or not mood swings are unpredictable so my answer is no people with mental health shouldnt have guns
 

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No, they should be helped but if they hurt or kill someone using the gun then they need to be treated like any other criminal.
 

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As long as they don't break the law and kill someone. I think they should be given a chance.
 

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Surely the strength of their medication should determine if they have a gun, but also what mental health condition. Some forms of clinical depression and anxiety can be treated with low level medication. Some people are much worse. Yet you can have anti-psychotic medication for those with say paranoid-schizophrenia. Not to say people with these types of conditions are all dangerous, but you assess the risk on an individual basis.
 

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How about those with said mental issues owning and driving a car?
I agree. I think the problem with mental illness is that it's unpredictable. Anything can become a weapon.

Andrea Yates for example. The murder weapon was a bath tub full of water that she drowned her kids in. She didn't need a gun to kill them.
 
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