Saturday, June 1, 2013

'NRA Psychosis' Should Be Classified as a Legitimate Mental Disorder

NRA psychosis, an epidemic sweeping the nation that involves misinterpreting the Second
 The Huffington Post

Amendment and compulsively buying guns with the intent to form a militia and overthrow a tyrannical government via armed rebellion. 

Unlike regular psychosis, which the National Library of Medicine defines as "a loss of contact with reality that usually includes: false beliefs (delusions)... and seeing or hearing things that aren't there (hallucinations)," NRA psychosis isn't as amusing as sitting next to a guy on the subway having a conversation with Harvey the Rabbit. This is largely on account of NRA psychosis always involving guns (as well as fear, ignorance, and anger).

And while recognized mental disorders can unfortunately involve a stigma leading to suffering in silence, no one with NRA psychosis seems to be in the proverbial closet. Those afflicted gleefully display their mental illness, likely because they're oblivious, but perhaps because the Second Amendment is so perfect that it also offers them psychiatric advice. Within the NRA bubble, NRA psychosis is actually a celebrated and trendy mental disorder.

11 comments:

  1. This is the beauty of America. Everyone here has the freedom to express opinions, no matter how idiotic.

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  2. It's pretty hard to have a serious discussion on the topic when this is how the opposition sees you.

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    1. TS, your claim that you can't have a serious discussion with someone like me is a silly and transparent attempt at a personal attack. This is what you've degenerated into, the mildest of insults. Carry on.

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    2. Calling someone psychotic without having done a psychological exam isn't an insult?

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    3. Did you write that Huffington Post piece, Mike? I was talking about the author in this case.

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    4. Oh, I didn't realize you were having a discussion with the HuffPo writer. I thought the discussion was between us.

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  3. And you wonder why we dislike the idea of being a prohibited person based on a "mental disorder" where there has been no due process to determine the appropriateness of the "diagnosis."

    Look, gun owners, we just want to bar people with mental disorders.

    Ok, now, those of you who take the Second Amendment seriously--you do that because of a mental disorder.

    As suggested in a research paper a few years back--conservativism is a mental disorder--all Republicans and libertarians are barred from gun ownership.

    etc. etc. etc.


    Don't give me no lines, and keep your hands to yourself.

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    1. Who says there would be no due process? Wouldn't it be possible to set it up in such a way that due process is respected and yet we identify and disqualify some of the bad actors who are now buying and owning guns legally?

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    2. Texas Colt carryJune 3, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      And how do you identify a potential bad actor if the process hasn't already identified him/her and precluded his ability to own a gun?

      If they can now buy a gun legally, they are not bad actors. You are trying to do some fancy crystal ball over-reach to identify a potential bad actor.

      And Spock hasn't been born yet!

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    3. The problem, Mikeb, is that we aren't going to trust you to come up with a fair system. There's the definition of mental illness, for one thing. In Stalinist Russia, disagreeing with the state was labelled as such. Considering the psychologists that I've known over the years, I don't have to stretch to believe that given the opportunity, they'd go along with that kind of abuse again. Certainly, any group that defines things its own way and then seeks to impose that on others deserves a great deal of scrutiny.

      Consider also the no-fly list. How many Democrats tell us that "terrorists" can buy guns at gun shows? What they mean is that someone on the aforementioned list can buy a gun. When getting on a plane was the subject being debated, the same list was an evil, secret government intrusion on our rights.

      That's the kind of thing that we won't accept. We already have a system in place to determine who is guilty of crimes or is a danger to society. As long as we work within that system--with more protections for the accused--we'll be fine.

      Your belief that there are so many bad actors buying guns is what leads you to accept the idea of sweeping violations of rights--and not just rights related to guns. Take a step back and consider the bigger picture.

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  4. But then I dont think a serious discussion is expected since even the the Huffington Post has seen fit to post it on their comedy page. It isnt even an OP-Ed piece.

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