Some With Histories of Mental Illness Petition to Get Their Gun Rights Back – NYTimes.com

Some With Histories of Mental Illness Petition to Get Their Gun Rights Back – NYTimes.com.

PULASKI, Va. — In May 2009, Sam French hit bottom, once again. A relative found him face down in his carport “talking gibberish,” according to court records. He later told medical personnel that he had been conversing with a bear in his backyard and hearing voices. His family figured he had gone off his medication for bipolar disorder, and a judge ordered him involuntarily committed — the fourth time in five years he had been hospitalized by court order.

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2 responses to “Some With Histories of Mental Illness Petition to Get Their Gun Rights Back – NYTimes.com

  1. Crazy Mermaid

    “Under federal law, anyone involuntarily committed or adjudicated a “mental defective” is barred from buying or possessing firearms.”. Talk about stigma and discrimination. If you’ve been involuntarily committed, part of the constitution doesn’t apply to you. What other condition can you think of that excludes a person from a constitutional right? And what about that term “mental defective”? What does that mean?

  2. Crazy Mermaid

    The above quotation came from the NYT article.

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