But let me dabble in a thought experiment beyond the 2nd Amendment. What would happen if we tried to screen for the criminally insane?
My thesis: Mental illness cannot be consistently screened for. Let's say we have 100 people who all of us unanimously would agree should not have a gun. We would lock them up for the night and go celebrate just because we agreed on something.
The next morning, we run the applicants through a battery of tests: MMPI-II, Millon, SASSI,
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Besides being prohibitively expensive, the tests' built-in biases and wide ranges of "normal" answers to some questions blur the picture they provide of the applicant. It's not obvious in most cases whether a person will be a high risk with a gun or not. But let's pretend that this battery of tests weeds out 20%.
Now suppose that someone comes up with a really good test. What then? Well, the next problem is that there are people with mental illnesses who are really good at faking good answers. They can often figure out the rubric intuitively and come up with "fake-good" answers. These throw the value of the test out the window for these people. But let's pretend that this test is still very effective at weeding out 50% of applicants who shouldn't have a gun.
So now we're down to 30%, who are the most difficult 30% of the original group to detect problems with. But now we're going to look at past behavior, and also give them a polygraph. (Past behavior is really the core of a background check, so waiting until this late in the screening process is not how it really would work. It would probably be one of the first screens used.)
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Having escaped the screening process, the 3 individuals buy guns. They may do ok for years and then "pop", they may "pop" right away, or they may never "pop". Maybe 2 of them "pop" and do themselves in. There is still one.
You've probably guessed the point here: THERE IS NO WAY TO COMPLETELY ELIMINATE THE RISK OF PUBLIC SHOOTINGS.
The liberal answer is to eliminate guns. If house-to-house searches were the most effective method, we might be successful at keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable. But do you really think going house to house confiscating guns would get rid of ALL guns? No way it would!!!
Do you really think that criminals who support themselves and whatever habits they have by stealing are going to willingly give up their guns, especially if all of the law abiding citizens no longer have them? No! In spite of cameras, alarms and bulletproof glass we still have bank robberies! And let's not lose sight of the fact that many criminals are mentally ill.
Guns will still be present:
- On a thriving black market
- By those smuggling people/drugs
- By gangs
- More armed robberies
- More armed assaults
- More murders
- Just like Chicago
Gun Control Doesn't Work!
The Aftermath: Speculation, Part II
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