Mental illness does not mean violence towards others or one’s self – it is interesting to see how people are conditioned to this over-simplification and “shoot their own interests in the foot” because someone has convinced them of a danger that just isn’t borne out of the facts. The Biden legislation is bad legislation. It completely ignores risk factors and provides a police state solution motivated by profit and control. It completely ignores environmental factors (an accusation we usually apply to a particular field of medicine). Ignores links between violence and poverty, militarism and disregards routine police shootings. I don’t like guns, most of the people I know don’t have them, some do, some enjoy target practice. The debate has little to do with guns themselves and everything to do with power. Biden signed off on the transformation of the United States into a police state. Guns are one issue, mental health is another. The same iron fist approach has only become more convenient. But let’s be more honest about politics? No one with a so-called mental health problem (who doesn’t have a symptom these days) should have a thoughtless favorable view of any ruling authority – we see the destruction on a daily basis. nb – When you post on Mad In America – you have no confidentiality or expectation of privacy. Moreover you have little understanding of how your comments are used or who sees them. I’ll end here.