I spend a lot of time on the internet but something I have never seen before is a self refuting blog post.
Courtesy of our liberal friends at thinkprogress.org
From the headline alone it’s easy to see that this is a left leaning article writen to focus the attention on guns as the cause for mass shootings while turning attention away from the much more likely cause, mental illness.
Any guess what has been reported reading the following list if people?
Newtown, Conn., shooter Adam Lanza
Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui
Aurora, Colo., shooter James Holmes
Tuscon, Ariz., shooter Jared Loughner
Columbine High School shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold
Right, they all had a mental illness of some sort.
Given the fact that the undeniable common link between these shooters is a mental defect it is nearly impossible to believe so many people are trying to exclude mental illness from the discussion altogether. But, according to the TP article, this is exactly what we should do.
“It’s true that Jared Loughner and James Holmes — two men behind recent mass shootings in the United States — had documented histories of mental illness, but that isn’t enough evidence to make the broad conclusion that mentally ill individuals are predisposed to violent behavior or violent crimes. Despite popular perceptions, evidence actually suggests the mentally ill are no more prone to violence than the general population.”
The contribution of the mentally ill to overall crime rates is an extremely low 3 to 5 percent, a number much lower than that of substance abuse.
Point made right? How can you argue with a statement of fact that has a link to a study that backs it up? Game, set, match for the crack researchers at Think Progress. That is, until you read the article the TP author uses as a source where you will learn.
“The study showed that patients with serious mental illness — those with schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder — were two to three times as likely as people without such an illness to be assaultive. In absolute terms, the lifetime prevalence of violence among people with serious mental illness was 16%, as compared with 7% among people without mental illness. Although not all types of psychiatric illness are associated with violence — anxiety disorders, for example, do not seem to increase the risk — and although most people with schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder do not commit assaultive acts, the presence of such a disorder is significantly associated with an increased risk of violence.”
Two to three times more likely directly refutes the author’s thesis that mental illness should be off the table as a point of discussion so it seems an odd choice to cite this study as a source. Odder still the source mentions substance abuse, are they going after drugs or guns?
The APA further muddied the water by weighing in with this misleading statement. Which mounts to nothing more than a character attack on the NRA president.
“APA President, Dilip Jeste, M.D., pointed out, “About one-quarter of all Americans have a mental disorder in any given year, and only a very small percentage of them will ever commit violent crimes. On today’s ‘Meet the Press,’ Mr. LaPierre used the word ‘lunatic’ as a catchphrase for those who commit violent crimes. Such language is not only offensive, it further contributes to the idea that violent crimes are necessarily committed by people with mental disorders.”
The term “lunatic” might be a little harsh but Mr. LaPierre was using it to describe mass murderers who slaughter innocent people by the dozen, not every person on Earth with any sort of mental illness and it is an accurate assessment. Adam Lanza was not a normal person with a gun, he was either sick, crazy, or pure evil so if lunatic works as a discriptor, so be it.
Don’t be food by lefty spin, deflection, and distraction. While no one is making the claim that all people who suffer from mental illness are prone to violence, that is exactly what the left is saying everyone who does not entirely blame the mere existence of guns for gun violence believes. But, is blaming guns entirely the right answer?
“Let’s get the facts straight about firearms and handguns in the U.S. Estimates vary widely on the number of households with firearms, but Gallup’s survey in 2005 put it at 42 percent. With roughly 150 million households in the U.S., that means that a gun is present in roughly 63 million households. Yet the number of murders committed by firearm in 2011, according to FBI statistics, was 8,583. That represents 0.0136 percent of all firearm-owning households. Murders by handgun came to 6,220, which makes that percentage 0.0099 percent. If guns caused murders, we’d be seeing a lot more murders. More than 99 percent of Americans seem to be capable of owning guns without committing murder, which demolishes the blame-the-gun argument.” (hotair.com)
Botom line is that the lefty idea to take guns from innocent and law abiding citizens is not only not the answer, it is a direct contradiction the the ideas of our founders.
“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.” (Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-8)”
Properly armed against the government, criminals, evil, and yes mentally ill if they are Hell bent on violence.
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