To the Editor:
I have worked with mentally disabled people for more than 30 years, including serious predators.
Please do not let the apologists for the National Rifle Association try to change the subject to just reinstitutionalizing the mentally ill. Yes, the mental health system is seriously broken nationwide, but this is only a symptom of the malaise of the country that has ceased to accept responsibility for caring properly for the sick and the poor. OMG! A right to health care and food! Appalling.
Unmanaged and untreated mental illness is a national tragedy and disgrace, but it is not to blame for guns in the hands of unstable people. Our acquiescence and silence and failure to challenge the Second Amendment fanatics is the root cause.
Public safety is also a constitutional guarantee. It is time to balance all of the constitutional rights and stop allowing the paranoid and the enablers of the paranoid among us to set the agenda.
The Constitution allows for reasonable regulations of commerce, safety, flying an airplane, and many other things, both mentioned and unmentioned. There is no part of the Second Amendment that uses words that limit regulations. How many more children will need to die?