You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

letters | the national rifle association speaks

Demonizing the mentally ill is a dangerous deflection from gun-control issue

Dear Lord, is the National Rifle Association kidding? In his news conference Friday, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre called the severely mentally ill “genuine monsters.” Civilized society has come a long way, but it appears that NRA leadership has not. Making this charge against the severely mentally ill makes the NRA as dangerous as the severely mentally ill who own guns.

Deflecting the issue will not get the NRA or the rest of America where we need to be. The NRA calls for placing armed guards in our schools. Well, great — the mentally ill will still own guns and will then go to ballfields and parks, grocery stores, restaurants, malls, theaters, etc.

Continue reading below

Thoughtfully developing and responsibly implementing gun-control policies and mechanisms that keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill will get us further down a more humane road.

If the portion of American society that owns guns does not push for legislation to filter the mentally ill from owning them, then we must BAN guns altogether. As a civilized, highly evolved society, however, we must address the mentally ill with as much compassion and equality as we can muster.

Deborah Birdsong



Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of