“A new law meant to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill has so far stopped 55 attempted handgun sales and caused 65 concealed weapon permits to be revoked, the chief of [South Carolina’s] State Law Enforcement Division said Friday.” The aforementioned officer Keel also told the AP that the new procedure caused SLED to deny 12 applications for concealed weapon permits. This after Keel’s minions entered more than 22,300 names of residents residents “who have been declared mentally ill or involuntarily committed to a mental institution” into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. A few questions . . .
How many of those were false positives or mistaken entries? How many of those prohibited persons are seeking an appeal? What’s the appeal process? The AP didn’t ask, and Keel’s copacetic. “I think it is a huge success,” Keel said of the law. “It’s doing exactly what the Legislature intended it to do.” Which is: revoking the rights of Americans to exercise their natural, civil and constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms without due process.
Guess who’s paying for it? “A $900,000 grant from the federal government, announced last September, is paying for the new unit’s computers and a staff of seven – six for data entry and one for computer technology.” If Uncle Sam is paying for a gun control measure – any gun control measure – I am deeply suspicious of it. To say the least.
At the risk of evoking Godwin’s Law, need I remind you that the first people the Nazis targeted in their campaign of eugenics were not the Jews but the mentally ill? While nobody wants really crazy people carrying firearms, nobody wants truly crazy people on the streets, either. At the very least people who are prohibited because of mental health issue should get a fair hearing as to their current mental condition before their rights are removed. Permanently.
Thin end of the wedge, camel’s nose under the tent, slippery slope, well-intentioned road to Hell – call it what you will. You’d have to be crazy to not to see this “mental health” campaign as a way that antis can continue their campaign for civilian disarmament, without effecting the crime rate in the slightest.