~ Where the Sun Will Never Set on Our liberty ~
By: Chip Jones
As the dust settles around the national gun control debate, and it becomes clear that an all out ban on “military style assault weapons” (more honestly referred to as “cosmetically altered varmint rifles”) is doomed. The argument emerges that differing factors that affect mental health need to be controlled. This slope is almost as slippery as the slope that takes from the hands of law abiding citizens their arms.
The “mental health argument” has been brewing for some time as we look at the perpetrators of mass shootings. It is safe to say that each of the mass murderers we have encountered, whether in Newtown, CT, Aurora, CO, or Columbine were each a “few beans short of a burrito”. This, then, places on the table the fallacious notion that life is made safer if we identify mental health issues earlier and take more definitive action.
What is most troubling about this notion is the inexact science that is its underpinnings. When a thoughtful person couples with this the historical and Constitutional ramifications, he might feel a chill go up his spine. Each of these “feel good” progressive “solutions” is rather an attempt to reduce personal freedom and build a stronger and more dominant central government.
Let’s look at psychiatry for a moment. At first blush, one would think this is a excellent solution. All we have to do is empower a group of nice doctors, who conjure up the image of Ben Casey, Dr. Kildaire, or the odd, but hugely successful, Gregory House and whose compassion, professionalism and scientific knowledge will protect our families. In general, nothing could be farther from the truth.
In fact, the science of psychiatry is anything but scientific, when compared to classical medicine. Psychiatric diagnosis is dictated in what is called the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”, which is on its fourth version. The fifth version, “DSM-V” is poised for rollout. What this should tell us, when we inspect it carefully, is that diagnoses are changing quite rapidly, and that the diagnostic nomenclature is being decided on, not by scientific research performed at great schools of medicine, but by committees of doctors, the membership of which is equally dictated by professional politics as is by credentials.
If an unprincipled administration or an incipient totalitarian government wanted to begin eroding freedoms, would it be possible that they stack the board here? And would it be convenient for that administration to have just rammed through draconian health care “reform”, handcuffing and regulating doctors?
If we then look back at the document included in the Federal Register on January 10, 1963, titled “The Communist Goals of 1963”, we find #38: “Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].”
The idea that human evil can be controlled by an inexact science dictated by potentially politically appointed people that has, in its hands the very freedoms afforded us by the Constitution is chilling……
Hat Tip: Chip Jones @CWJonesIII