Joker from Suicide Squad - I wanted to redesign his tattoos to try illustrate his mentality/beliefs of him and B-man being parallels (Bats is on the left, Joker is to the right.) I feel the original ones only accentuate what he looks like on the outside, not what’s within (*/▽＼*)♡ might finish properly some day.
I've heard people are trying to make it more difficult for mentally ill people to buy guns. Where do you think the line is between checking for impulsive, violent violent behavior, and outright ableism?
Yep, blaming the mentally ill for gun violence is ableist as hell. Mentally ill people aren’t the ones committing the majority of crimes. 96% of violence in America is performed by people who are mentally sound. So people who try to pin blame on the mentally ill are generally just looking for a way to wiggle out of taking any personal responsibility for their role in perpetuating loosey goosey gun culture. People who subscribe to the “Us vs them” narrative of, “It’s not us, it’s the thugs!” or “It’s not us, it’s the mentally ill!” or “It’s not us, it’s terrorists!” are not looking for ways to contribute to the conversation in any sort of helpful way. They’re not willing to do their part to make things better, even if it simply means that they’ll promise not to complain about the minor inconvenience of undergoing a background check when they buy a gun at a garage sale. Don’t let them get away with that kind of laziness. Hold them accountable to making commitments about how they plan to help make things better.
Many of the gun violence headlines we read every day are about mental illness. But in truth, the connection between mental illness and violence, including mass shootings, is profoundly overstated. In fact, among the 133 incidents where a shooter killed four people between January 2009 and July 2015, only 16 of those shooters had been committed or flagged to authorities for mental health concerns.
When it comes to guns and those who suffer from dangerous mental illness, federal law blocks gun possession only by those individuals who have been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital or found to be a danger to themselves or others. The law does not prohibit people based on specific diagnoses, those who voluntarily seek treatment, or people who are only committed for an emergency evaluation. Prominent psychologists and public health professionals believe this narrow class of people does indeed pose an elevated threat, and that the prohibition is appropriate.
It’s worth noting that a law blocking gun possession isn’t self-enforcing, and indeed it can never be enforced perfectly to stop every crime. Indeed, until Congress requires that all gun buyers must pass a background check—the primary mechanism for enforcing the law—people prohibited from having guns because of a prohibiting mental health commitment can simply avoid the background check by finding an unlicensed seller online.
Washington State residents will vote next week on an “extreme risk protection order,” a new model of gun safety law pioneered in states like Indiana, Connecticut, and California. In California, for example, law enforcement and immediate family members who see dangerous red flags may ask a court to temporarily block a person from having guns if he or she poses a significant danger to self or others with a firearm. This is a state-of-the-art system that can help to stop deadly shootings, including suicides.
Mental health treatment can prevent gun violence where mental illness is an issue for the individual. But it’s so important to check ourselves in our own perception of people who have a mental illness. Mental illness does not equal dangerous. There is a diversity of mental illnesses that, in policy, we must not treat as the same. When screening a person interested in purchasing a gun we should assess their mental health, particularly to see if they have any history of violent behavior (attempted suicide, homicide, battery, etc.) with a weapon or their symptoms include distortions of reality that could lead to violent misjudgments. But because ableism is very pertinent in our systems this process will require quite a bit of discrimination prevention training. I don’t think I have all the answers to this specific issue, but this is the foundation for a non-discriminatory process for ensure that guns aren’t sold to people who will misuse them. https://www.apa.org/pubs/info/reports/gun-violence-prevention.aspx