By Matthew Merritt

I think that it is a little crazy that people think it is okay for the mentally ill to have guns. There are 73% that say that we should keep guns away from the mentally ill, and there are 27% that say we should not keep them away from them. It seems to me that if we give the mentally ill guns, that they might not think straight when they decide to use the weapons they own.

According to debate.org, mentally ill people are not able to control some of their responses and are more apt to use weapons irrationally to harm others. Mentally ill people are not able to control some of their actions and thus are more likely to show impulsive reactions with violence or are not equipped with empathy. With little to no empathy, there is a higher likelihood that harming others can occur. The inconsistencies and known unstable, dysfunctional behavior is more apparent with many that have mental health issues. Keeping guns away from mentally ill people is one way to help lessen violent acts with guns.

According to debate.org, the problem with targeting the mentally ill with gun control is that many people who use guns to harm people have no prior diagnosis of mental illness prior to committing their crime and don’t show behavior sufficient enough to raise red flags until it is often too late. Furthermore, violence is not always indicative of mental illness. Many mentally ill people are nonviolent and not likely to commit a crime using a gun. Many violent criminals show no signs of mental illness prior to using guns to harm others.

According to nytimes.com, for all their dysfunction, the Republican Senate and House have managed to act with lightning speed in striking down a sensible Obama administration rule designed to stop people with severe mental problems from buying guns. Congress says let the mentally ill have guns. I think that it is odd that the democrats and the republicans can’t come together on anything but as soon as former President Obama says something about gun rights that they act with lighting speed to strike it down.

According to cnn.com, some may think this may be taking away their Second Amendment. The United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms and was adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments contained in the Bill of Rights. Washington (CNN)The Republican-led House voted Thursday to repeal an Obama-era regulation that required the Social Security Administration to disclose to the national gun background check system information about people with mental illness.Yes it may feel like we are taking away their Second Amendment Rights.But if you look around we take away a lot of your rights Example: Freedom of Speech when you come into school we say you can’t throw F bombs in all your classes.Freedom to Assemble when we want to have a parade we have to go get a parade permit.