Secondly, while I agree that mental health issues are a concern, what concerns me even more is who will determine what constitutes "mental illness."
The left/liberals dominate academia and the mental health fields and it is they who will be deciding what constitutes mental illness, which in turn will further restrict rights.
I'm a veteran who's seen the elephant and according to a garden variety of mental health experts assigned to the VA, such white males like me are a ticking time bomb. Our own so-called "mental health experts" have labeled veterans as a threat to the United States. Etc etc.
Typical liberal academia assessment and opinion, but one that could deny millions of veterans a portion of their Constitutional rights--same rights they put on a uniform and swore to defend.
Obviously this numbnuts who shot up the theater in Aurora has some mental health issues, but where is the left and the head-docs in coming out and vigorously defending him? Same with Jason Loughner (Tucson)? These mental health experts continue to blame objects rather than the users of those objects and their solution is to remove ALL objects that could cause harm to head-cases from society.
It's that old line of "If it saves just one life. . ."
It's a slippery slope in deciding how/what to do with mentally ill people, but I am far more in favor of Americans taking the necessary steps and preparations to defend themselves swiftly and surely against these nutjobs rather than allow the left/libs to determine in which direction THAT playing field will be tilted.