I was engaged in a discussion last night on this forum about what it is to be "commited" or "adjudicated mentally deranged". Federal law defines "adjudicated mentally deranged" as "being a danger to ONESELF or others". At that time, I agreed with the idea that the state of Virginia should get on board with the Feds and ban the purchase of firearms by those who have been "adjudicated mentally deranged".
I have thought a lot about it, and I have changed my mind.
The question on the form 4473 asks if you have "ever" been adjudicated mentally deranged. EVER.
Think about it. Say a teenage girl is raped. She becomes so severely depressed that she is suicidal (a danger to herself). She is involuntarily commited to a mental health facility, because her parents contacted the local Community Services Board and they got a court order sending her into treatment. She undergoes counseling, is given medication, and is released after 30 days. She continues counseling for several years after that. She lives in fear of being raped again. Her attacker was never caught. Should she be denied the right to self defense?
Veteran returns from Iraq or Afghanistan. He has been to hell and back. As a gunner on a Bradley, he fired up a heavy machine gun position on a rooftop. The house belowthis roof contained an innocent child, who was killed when the roof collapsed. He becomes so despondent that he attempts suicide, and is committed for a short time. Should he be forever denied the right of self defense?
I can only go along with anyone being denied their rights, for any reason, if there is some provision for restoration of those rights at a later date. Should a suicidal vet be allowed to keep a gun in his hospital room? Of course not. At some point, when his PTSD has been treated and his depression is under control, why shouldn't he be given back his rights under the constitution that he defended?
We can't let Pelosi, Schumer, or any of their crowd railroad this through Congress without a long and hard look at what it means to deprive someone of his rights. Let's not react emotionally, but think about all the ramifications, just like we did when we chose to go armed the first time.