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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Law struggles to remove guns from the hands of the mentally ill

Click on this link to read a Sarasota Herald Tribune article (2-6-11) about the often failed attempts of law authorities to take guns from those judged mentally incompetent or dangerous.  The recent Arizona shootings are  cited as an example of a case where an individual should not have had a gun.  Is this different than instances of paternalism where individuals are protected from themselves?  Does society have a responsibility to keep its eye on those who are mentally unstable?  If so, how can it fulfill this responsibility while allowing people to act freely (and even strangely)?  Would artists and designers have any reason to fear a state that cracks down on the mentally unstable?  Or is this a stereotyped and inaccurate depiction of the arts?

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