The Importance Of Gun Control For People With Schizophrenia
I have Schizophrenia and because of this I understand that my illness can be a liability for myself and those around me. Though I am a productive citizen of society when medicated, my illness also puts me at risk for relapse in the future. For this reason, I would never allow myself access to firearms for both my personal safety and those around me. This is not because I am an evil person, but because Schizophrenia can result in erratic behavior if uncontrolled. People with Schizophrenia are at high risk for suicide, as nearly 10% will end our lives from our illness. There have also been incidences of homicides as a result of psychotic episodes.
Severe Mental Illness and Guns
If you suffer from paranoid Schizophrenia and have access to guns, you are greatly increasing the likelihood of suicidal or homicidal behavior. If you are considering purchasing a weapon for either purpose, you should contact emergency professionals immediately for safety reasons. I am telling you this not as an authority figure, but rather as a friend who understands the pain this illness can bring.
I am not writing this column to sugar coat my illness and deny the fact that I have had suicidal and homicidal thoughts in the past. One of the reasons that I have never acted on these thoughts is because I have sought help when needed and kept myself away from firearms. Having a thought disorder means that I can have inappropriate ideas. Despite these ideas I understand that it is what you do that matters and not what you think.
I consider Schizophrenia to be an illness that is attached to myself, rather than something that I am. Every day, it is trying to invade my mind and every day I must fight it with medication and good choices. Though currently I am winning, I understand that in the future it could infest my mind again. Why would I allow myself to have access to a gun knowing that this could happen?
I have experienced the pain and suffering this condition causes. In my darkest days, during the darkest hours of my illness, all sorts of ideas have ruminated inside my head. What matters most, however, is that I never hurt myself or others from these beliefs, not that I had them in the first place. We are responsible for our behavior and treatment, despite having Schizophrenia.
Hoeweler, D. (2012, December 19). The Importance Of Gun Control For People With Schizophrenia, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, October 18 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/creativeschizophrenia/2012/12/the-importance-of-gun-control-for-people-with-schizophrenia
Author: Dan Hoeweler
So, having said that I have several family members thru marriage and friends who have been either ( mis ) - diagnosed with a psychosis manifesting disease which was subsequently determined to be Lyme Disease. Secondly, there are those who have been diagnosed correctly with diseases which symptomatically manifest with psychosis, delusions or erratic behavior. Diabetes, for instance which can cause incredibly destructive behavior if my friend goes hyperglycemic. She was hospitalized involuntarily before the doctors realized she was suffering from type 1 diabetes, and she will FOREVER be at risk of having an episode of psychosis due to glycemic imbalances. I also know people with schizoaffective disorder, PTSD, borderline personality disorder or acute triggered psychosis for losing a job or court case. Without identifying people, many of them do keep and bear arms as is their civil liberty just as freedom of speech or voting in elections is. Until such time as they are either given bail condition or are convicted of a violent crime, it's quite plainly illegal and a civil rights violation to legislate ANYONE'S rights away without due process involving conviction for a crime BEFORE any crime is committed. That nightmare until recently has been the plot for thrilling movies and fiction only. I do not think playing wag the dog with civil liberties by crooked politicians is commendable ever. It's disgusting, unethical and quite frankly feels like something a NAZI would clap for in approval.
Let me be very clear here: all of the people I know who keep or carry weapons are in my opinion not an imminant danger to themselves or anyone else. And they would ask for someone else to hold their property if they felt unsafe or suicidal. I have had to do this as a friend and family member for someone more than once. There's a very clear difference between volunteering to temporarily forfeit your civil liberties away or surrendering tools and property to the care of another while you get your life back on track versus PREEMPTIVELY BEING DENIED your civil liberties and having your property forcibly seized without due process or just compensation by armed, often dangerous individuals who get away with murder & deprivation of rights regularly ( rogue police ). The former is ENTIRELY COMMENDABLE, PARADIGM SETTING behavior which ought to be the norm. The latter is REVOLTING, TYRANNICAL, TREASONOUS AND CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY BY THE FIVE PERSON LEGAL DEFINITION.
I'm saddened that our government, standards and values are so eroded in this country that outstanding individuals such as yourself already victimized by an affliction are routinely victimized over & over again by media fear mongering when in point of fact you are statistically more bound to be the target of violence and marginalization by police mistreatment, medical provider negligence or politicians using your struggles with a disease to gain favor. Imagine how outraged the public would react to a diabetic being used like this or even if a 'regular' person who was just laid off a job had their tools stolen, driving privs revoked, car seized, guns seized and every word regularly over analyzed for any hint of anger so they could have an IEA filed against them and be placed on suicide watch under lock and key PREEMPTIVELY because they MIGHT HAVE COMMITED A CRIME AGAINST THEIR FORMER EMPLOYERS.
This sounds like a nightmarish dystopia made manifest. But this is what many of our elected officials would like to have happen.
Why are police who regularly shoot and kill unarmed individuals without consequences not under the microscope and critically examined as a decent person such as you are madam?
I'm frankly appalled by where our country is headed today and how we treat the least among ourselves like suspects in crimes that haven't even been committed. It sickens my heart.
Why doesn't the news show the brave and open self-examination and responsibility of model individuals deserving praise like yourself. Because mass killing, foreign war, starvation and police overreach are better for ratings.
You ought to seriously consider the flimsy data and flawed studies that are cited publicly to justify this affront to our justice system and the rule of law. You should be in the headlines before we become a state of rule by LAW ENFORCEMENT, thuggery and corruption any further. Your gifts should be highlighted to stop the insanity, paranoia and histrionics encouraged by media. People like yourself can turn this around for all Americans.
Who are you to tell me what I can or cannot own? I have never harmed or been violent towards others.
Whatever I do with my own body, or the drugs I consume is none of your concern. If I decide to kill myself with my guns, I have every liberty to do so. I will not cede my liberties because of this.
You speak like a true control-freak.
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