Article about lax gun laws in America.

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I once knew an incredibly talented woman named Gwenyth* who had been blessed with extraordinary intelligence. She had attended an Ivy League school, was a member of the Mensa Society, was coached in refined sports considered appropriate for women, and even hailed from a prestigious lineage. The only problem was that she was crazy. After retaining expensive lawyers she still managed to lose custody to the father of her child, who had tried the case himself, furnishing pictures of the bruised child as evidence. She alternated between crying and throwing fits of rage, threatening to take her life if her son didn't participate in her endless get rich quick schemes or fulfill her demands for money. She now remains on welfare, having squandered her family's considerable wealth on her multiple million dollar business ventures. Although I am not a psychiatrist, I'm pretty sure most psychiatrists would classify Eileen as unstable and mentally incapable of exercising the right to bear arms.

She is mentally unstable, not a criminal. However, she has in her possession, several firearms, which she retrieves when she wishes to enhance the threats she makes upon her own life. The misconception exists that only criminals are capable of murder. How many criminals are actually "crazy," and how many were previously "law-abiding" citizens, like Gwenyth?

The Bush administration's recent reversal of the 2nd Amendment "protects" the rights of individuals, including persons who are not members of the militia, to bear firearms, but "subjects" it to "reasonable restrictions designed to prevent possession by unfit persons or to restrict the possession of types of firearms that are particularly suited to criminal misuse." The argument often employed by gun advocates claims that the law-abiding citizen needs to protect himself from the reprehensible criminal. However, the uncertainty is to whether more criminals are...