Dong Zhou wrote:as well as acquiescing to governmental intrusion into private aspects of their life (such as mental health)
Even on mental health for something very dangerous if things go wrong?
Tough subject for me. Personally, I'm ok with background checks on certain weapons (though have to specify why different standards). I'm not big on having a hunter submit to mental evaluation to purchase equipment to go hunting. I think most individuals are presumed to be of sound mind. Additionally, if Americans know their ability to purchase firearms could be affected by mental health professionals, I'm not sure many would be very candid with them.
Sun Fin wrote:
I understand everything you've said and I get that you guys put a lot of stock in your constitutional rights but I find it terrifying that you don't check peoples mental health before you let them have a gun. I'd have expected that should be the bare minimum.
Well, we also don't require a mental evaluation for individuals who operate a motor vehicle and that is also a deadly tool. But I get where you're coming from. It might seem backwards to many outside the U.S. But most intrusions into an area of constitutionally protected freedom require a justification. As I've said above, I'm personally not offended by it with weapons which are easily concealed or which are not designed for civilian use.