Thursday, January 7, 2016

Throwing Disabled People Under the Bus Won't #StopGunViolence

When the President announced his executive order on gun control he threw those of us with psychiatric and developmental disabilities under the bus. He further stigmatized an already highly stigmatized group of people. Even though the President was correct when he noted that people with mental health conditions are more likely to be victims than to actually commit acts of violence, his actions through his executive order send a much different message.

He conflated the inability to take care of one's finances with the presumption of incapacity (referring to part about those who have a rep. payee going into the FBI's NICS). He is putting certain exemptions in to HIPPA law that will leave psychiatric patients without privacy. The precedent this creates is a dangerous one.

We need to have conversations about mental healthcare, but not at the same time we are having conversations surrounding gun violence. These two things are mutually exclusive of one another.

This isn't about the gun control issue (which ever way you think about it), this is about Disabled people's civil rights. It's about stereotypes and scapegoats. It's about our President creating more fear surrounding those with psych and developmental disabilities.

This can not be allowed to happen.

I'm going to be honest here, I'm scared for all the things that could come from this and you should be, too. 

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