This whole Quasi gun Debate reminds me of Stalinist/Mao/Communist/tyrannies in that if you disagreed with their policies you must have a mental defect because who would not love socialism or what ever rules they want to impose. The really smart people who should be under a doctors care already know if they go their freedom to listen to their voices would be impinged. At the crux of this is ability to put a loved or unloved one into a evaluation process that requires and honest answer which even if possible may be improbable if not impracticable. Being able to defend oneself from the deranged, pales in comparison with the ability to protect one’s self, family, and lively hood from increased tyranny of the elected. With no established norms then society (the majority) gets to decide what is normal.
As far as a debate this can only go on with the protection of the second amendment. The right to bear arms is tied with the responsibility to be able to bear arms effectively. Getting together with you neighbors to discuss the safety and security of your neck of the woods is not forming a militia to overthrow the government. It is an opportunity to discuss disaster preparedness (ie Earthquakes, fires, natural disasters and man made disasters in all of the permutations and variables.) Our bigger issues is the marketing of evil as normalcy and the sad nihilism glorified in Les Miserable by Victor Hugo. We can push back against tyranny of the ever expanding federal government using our local town government to start with. volunteering to helping one another by Healing the sick , making the lame walk, giving sight to th blind, helping the deaf to hear, setting the captives free, should be everyone’s mission.
The whole discussion should be based on the Grace received and given in Love through the creator’s self sacrifice, through Love, by love. This is not a the role of the pacifist but by those who seize the kingdom by force. Through the weapons of prayer and good works and the willingness to suffer for doing what is right, instead of because of what they did wrong. Frankly without an understanding of the implication of the life death burial and Resurrection of Jesus we stand already condemned as enemies of God!