Analysis: Guns Don T Kill People

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Kelly, you are correct, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Moreover, a lot of the times when I watch some heinous crime on TV, often, my first thought is they must have been crazy. However, as far as mental illness and suicide, Swanson & Felthous (2015) brings up a good point, “what characteristics are specific enough and what justification is strong enough to intercede with coercive measures such as firearm restriction, when no crime has yet been committed and there is no gun-disqualifying history of a previous mental health adjudication” (p.170). Moreover, how can we as a society, keep guns from people that have not been diagnosed with a mental illness? Consequently, a lot of the times the mental illness is discovered after the fact.

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