The Trace is former New York City Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun agitprop machine. Despite the website’s please for donations, it depends entirely on the anti-ballistic billionaire’s largesse. So it’s no surprise that you won’t find a single word spoken against any gun control bill at The Trace’s Manhattan HQ. Until now . . .
A Delaware bill intended to prevent the mentally ill from getting guns could stigmatize psychiatric care the bolded headline on their email blast proclaims. Wait. What?
Lawmakers in Delaware have proposed legislation that would tackle the supposed connection between mental illness and gun violence often proffered in the wake of mass shootings. But some mental health providers are worried the legislation could scare people away from seeking the care they need.
Let’s be clear . . .
The Trace isn’t saying that any licensed mental health professional in Delaware shouldn’t be required to report patients who pose a threat to themselves or public safety — as they are in The Trace’s home state of New York.
Nor are Bloomberg’s minions against the police confiscating a reported patient’s firearms and ammunition without giving the patient a heads-up or a chance to oppose the confiscation prior to “that knock” on their door — as the cops do in The Trace’s home state of New York.
Alex Yablon and his crew are complaining because House Bill 285 . . .
. . . would set a much lower bar for confiscating weapons than many other civil proceedings like gun violence restraining orders, which can typically be made only after specific threats or misuse of guns.
Psychologists and psychiatrists often push back against the contention offered by President Donald Trump and others that the mentally ill are a risk to society. Those with diagnoses are rarely implicated in violent crime, and heavy-handed policy responses can stigmatize treatment if they result in the loss of rights.
“Suggesting that [mass shootings are] what people who have mental illnesses do likely means that if I’m someone with mental illness, I’m less likely to reach out and seek help,” said Arthur Evans Jr., the head of the American Psychological Association, last November.
Did you catch the slam against President Trump? Sadly enough, this firearms confiscation bill is sponsored by Delaware Republican State Senator Anthony Delcollo (above) — a fact that The Trace neglects to mention.
There are none so blind as knee-jerk liberals. Willfully so, in this case.
Anyway, right answer! Let’s hope that The Trace applies more common sense to their previous and ongoing support for every other gun control law known to man. And that a pro-gun billionaire adopts TTAG.
[NOTE: The Trace’s email blasts contains links with user-tracking software. We have removed that code and reinserted the links.]