Gun Control and Mental Illness

Hello, Friends.

I have a confession to make.  I am “mentally ill.”  Now – those of you who have read this blog already know this!  For those “searching” the web for blogs and statements about gun control – this is probably brand new information for you.

What do I mean when I say I am “mentally ill.”  That is such a huge and encompassing statement.  Even Mirriam Webster dictionary says:  See Mental Disorder.  The definition is as follows:

 Definition of MENTAL DISORDER
: a mental or bodily condition marked primarily by sufficient disorganization of personality, mind, and emotions to seriously impair the normal psychological functioning of the individual—called also mental illness.
Is this accurate?  I suppose in a way it is.  There are days, times, moments that my “normal psychological function” is impaired.  However, it isn’t because I have done anything wrong – it isn’t even because I have something wrong in my head.  It is because of what was done to me!
The gun control debate has turned hotly towards those who are “mentally ill” being denied their 2nd Amendment rights.  Being diagnosed with PTSD, Depression, Anxiety or any of the other Post Trauma diagnosis that exist doesn’t necessarily make you a danger to yourself or to others.  Surviving trauma doesn’t mean we are “insane.”  In fact, I would dare say that most of us would do everything in our power to protect another person from experiencing trauma. 
Criminal behavior is a whole different world.  Being mentally ill is NOT a crime.  According to the dictionary the definition of crime:
: an act or the commission of an act that is forbidden or the omission of a duty that is commanded by a public law and that makes the offender liable to punishment by that law;
: a grave offense especially against morality
: something reprehensible, foolish, or disgraceful
Only “criminal behavior” should prevent someone from exercising their rights under the Constitution.  Only the guilty should be denied their rights.
We are not the guilty one’s.  Those of us who live with PTSI as a result of what was done to us by an agent acting on behalf of the Federal Govt are not guilty.  Those who raped us are, those who assaulted us are.  Yes, I did say “agent acting on behalf of the Federal Gvt.”  I said that because when you wear the uniform you are always, always a member of the US Military.  Even when you are “off duty” you can be held liable and proscecuted for criminal behavior.  If you are off duty and you are drinking under age and get busted by local police- your Command will be made aware and you will most likely suffer UCMJ punishment.  When you are in the Military you are ALWAYS in the Military – and to forget that and do what was done to us brings shame on every member of the Military.  Dishonor, Shame and Disgrace to every good soldier that served!
I believe in the 2nd Amendment.  I believe in the right to keep and bear arms.  I believe in the right to protect myself and my loved ones with deadly force if necessary. 
Liberal friends ask me – “Could you really take a life?”  You don’t think about what you are killing – you have to think about what you are saving.  Would I kill to save my loved one, my sons and my daughters or my husband – HELL YEAH!  Does a soldier kill the enemy to protect himself and the soldier next to him – HELL YEAH!  There is no joy in it – no “yeah – I popped a cap in the ass!”  It isn’t like that – it is a responsiblity and a consequence that I am prepared to deal with.
Being a rape survivor doesn’t make me a criminal and it doesn’t make me a danger to others.  Not all “mentally ill” people are Adam Lanza!  Not all “mentally ill” people want to harm others.  I hope that this nation remembers that as they go crazy talking about “gun control.”

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2 Responses to “Gun Control and Mental Illness”

  1. Myst Says:

    Dear Joan… you always make the best points!!! What was done to us is damn right. And being able to carry is equally important I think. I don’t carry at this point, and don’t really think that I’m ready to, but I dang well wanna be able to if I want to. I agree with the protect those that are with you mindset. I know my PTSD makes me hyper vigilant as well and keeps me on edge. I am sure glad that you are out there able to help others. You are amazing!!!

    • enemyinthewire Says:

      Hey, Myst!

      See you made my point perfectly “and don’t really think that I am ready to.” You are a responsible, intelligent woman who is in touch with herself enough to know that you aren’t ready for that responsibility. That – is AWESOME!

      I waited over a year after the law went into effect before I went and got my license to purchase and carry. I also needed to figure some things out before I had access to a weapon or carried one. A real question I had to ask myself was, “if I run into the @#$%^ that ended my military career, what would I do?” Due to the circumstances, SGT Jerk still lives and works in the area. I do run into him from time to time. Knowing that a person has the power to kill, to kill easily and effectively, is a heavy responsibility. Every gun owner knows this. After all, they aren’t a toy – they are an instrument capable of lethal force.

      I finally worked it out. He ain’t worth the consequences. You see, he is nothing – he is a piece of garbage, a pimple on my butt and he will be judged for his actions by someone higher than me. (like God) You don’t ruin the rest of your life over garbage or pimples.

      Mental illness isn’t a “death sentence.” We can choose to live or choose to waste away. It is obvious, Myst, that you are choosing to live and live well – with an open heart to your fellow survivors. That is a lot of to be very proud of!!

      Stay strong! Peace and Blessings,


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