The Prevalence of Mental Illness in America

Mental illness is often used as a red herring for gun control.  Mental health is extremely important and worthy of increased funding and attention, but it shouldn't be conflated with lax gun regulations.

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-mental-illness-ami-among-us-adults.shtml

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-disorder-among-children.shtml

2nd Amendment

Gun ownership in America

Just 3% of American adults own 50% of all guns.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/09/19/just-three-percent-of-adults-own-half-of-americas-guns/

It's currently against the law for the government to have a searchable database of gun ownership.

Summary - https://www.vice.com/amp/en_us/article/wdbd9y/the-atfs-nonsensical-non-searchable-gun-databases-explained-392
​NY Times - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/us/legislative-handcuffs-limit-atfs-ability-to-fight-gun-crime.html
​Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firearm_Owners_Protection_Act

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) is forbidden from researching guns as a cause of injury and death by the Dickey Amendment:

Washington Post - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/storyline/wp/2015/01/14/why-the-cdc-still-isnt-researching-gun-violence-despite-the-ban-being-lifted-two-years-ago/?utm_term=.1ff424a5c853

Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickey_Amendment_(1996)

Mass Shootings -

Washington Post - https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/mass-shootings-in-america/

 

Opposition POV - 

Guns and Ammo  http://www.gunsandammo.com/politics/cdc-gun-research-backfires-on-obama/

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