I Have Depression: Take Away My Right to a Gun
Wendy Button says government needs to protect people from themselves
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2013 12:02 PM CST
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(Newser) – Wendy Button once considered getting a gun after a scare with an intruder. But "then I remembered who I am," she writes in the New York Times. Button suffers from depression, and when it comes on, sometimes her "fight against the urge to die is so tough the only way I get through it is second by second." That's why she wants the government to take away her Second Amendment rights and make it impossible for her to own a gun.

President Obama and Joe Biden issued worthwhile proposals, "but I believe they should be bolder and stop walking on eggshells about what to do with people like me and those not even close to being like me but still labeled with the crazy term 'mentally ill,'" writes Button. Keep the guns out of reach. "Our leaders should do more to keep us safe from ourselves." Read the full column here.

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Jan 24, 2013 11:30 PM CST
Technically she has a point. The Gun Control Act of '68 says Prohibited Person if the person "has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_Control_Act_of_1968#Prohibited_persons). A suicide attempt is enough to get a person arrested & placed on a 5150 hold in California, & if the doctor finds paranoid schizophrenia, that's pretty much grounds for becoming a Prohibited Person (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5150_%28Involuntary_psychiatric_hold%29). Seems like suicidal depression ought to qualify for the Prohibited designation as well as Clinical Depression :/
Jan 22, 2013 4:28 PM CST
I'm pro-choice on suicide.
Jan 20, 2013 9:18 PM CST