Last week we ran a story profiling the trials and tribulations of a California resident who was unknowingly added to a state database after seeking mental health counseling and subject to a raid by DOJ agents in confiscating his legal firearms and in the process taking him into custody.
Lawmakers in the bluest of the blue states on the Eastern seaboard are obviously unaware of the wry technicalities and troubling manifestations of the civil and legal circus fiasco spawned by putrid legislation authored by lawmakers in Sacramento and approved by voters in 2014. Even the venerable Michael Dukakis would cringe at the plausible ramifications in creating policy that convolutes an already precarious mental health system and penalizes citizens who actively seek treatment or perspective in living a healthier lifestyle. According to WCVB-TV and the Associated Press, a group of politicians from Massachusetts are supporting a bill that would give law enforcement temporary control over an individual’s access to guns. Given the current treacherous landscape and ramifications of the California law and dubious existence of a database that supposedly provides prospective in determining if a person is a viable threat, based on a series of metrics that tracks visits to mental health professionals, the attempt at facilitating appropriate legislation in facing a societal issue falls on the inane.
Of course, the caveat to the implementation of the wayward public policy only excels in deterring responsible individuals from ultimately pursuing a better quality of life through mental health professionals with the the threat of arduous and damaging potential realities. The old saying goes “it’s not about if it will happen, it’s when.” The futile efforts of “dutiful” public servants cannot prevent the inevitable, however it can make life more difficult for responsible people. However, in a state where individual rights have been compromised more than a province in China under Mao’s regime, the endgame is yet a drop in the bucket of what quantifies as an expensive iteration of progress.
Read the full WCVB-TV and Associated Press article here.