According to an article in The Atlantic, the following people are prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm under the current federal law.

  • Anyone who has been convicted of a felony whose full civil rights have not been restored;
  • Anyone who is a fugitive from justice;
  • Anyone who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance
  • Anyone who has ever been adjudicated as mentally incompetent or involuntarily admitted to a mental institution
  • Any alien illegally present in the United States
  • Any alien admitted under a non-immigration visa
  • Anyone who has been dishonorably discharged from the armed forces;
  • Anyone under a restraining order for harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner;
  • Anyone convicted of domestic violence, including misdemeanors.

The list is comprehensive enough for most. However, pro-gun-control zealots are always asking for greater restrictions if not an all-out ban on gun possession or ownership. Some countries such as Australia, in response to a mass shooting by a troubled 28-year-old mentally troubled man, that left 35 people dead, passed laws that all but gutted the right of the citizenry to bear arms. There is no hard evidence that the new laws, prompted by mass fear, have had any impact on mass killings there.  The distinct origins of the U.S., and countries like Australia, clearly shape public opinion on gun restrictive policies and laws. Americans from the beginning were called upon to arm themselves to fight for the birth and maintenance of their new land. Every inch of soil had to be fought for. The British were armed, the colonists, not so much. Americans won the battle, and many who have descended from this courageous bunch, believe strongly that armed citizens (and militias) carried the day for this great country. These sentiments remain in the hearts of the majority of American Citizens today. The federal law is not infallible; some mentally incompetent people can up with a gun; weapons might be purchased in the name of another or stolen. There are always going to be ways for bad people to arms themselves; such events are inevitable in a free nation. But the answer to that dilemma is not to pass more laws to control (which may then lead to bans) a citizen’s second amendment right to bear arms. The answer is to provide more mental health assistance for the troubled people who are killing others. Such a solution would seem to apply to mass shooters and many of our troubled youth who get caught up in violent gangs in our cities across the nation. It is not normal for people to kill others and there are obvious mental deficiencies among the people who choose to kill. The key is to reach out to these people when they are young and to keep providing assistance for them as long as needed. Our cities are ripe with mentally unhealthy people—it is our duty to help them. Gun control is not an antidote for the violence and mental diseases in our communities, it is a thinly disguised placebo marketed by comedians and politicians with a limited understanding of the earliest American history and a lack of concern for the mentally challenged.

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