The state of Hawaii is potentially the most beautiful in the nation unless you’re just not into tropical beaches. However, they’ve got some pretty stupid gun laws on the books. We’ve talked about plenty of them.
However, a sailor stationed there is filing a lawsuit because he was denied the ability to purchase a firearm.
A Navy sailor files lawsuit over Hawaii’s restrictive gun laws, saying he was denied a permit after “feeling depressed and homesick.”
Michael Santucci said he was denied a gun permit because he once saw a therapist and said he was depressed over feeling homesick. But the lawsuit said he was never diagnosed with any behavioral, mental or emotional disorder.
Look, I was in the Navy myself, and I get the homesick part. I was stationed in Virginia, with my family in Georgia, and it was easy to find myself missing home and my friends here. I could at least hop in the car and drive home on a long weekend if I wanted to.
From Hawaii? That’s just not possible. You’re more or less stuck there unless you’ve got time for a long flight back to CONUS.
But people who feel depressed because they miss home aren’t a danger to themselves or others, and that’s apparently the only case where Hawaii is supposed to step in.
Santucci reports, though, that he had no diagnosis, which is to be expected. Feeling down because of being homesick isn’t nearly the same as having depression.
I hope Santucci wins.
Another thing I hope is that Hawaii comes to recognize how counterproductive crap like this is. All it really serves to do is tell people not to talk to mental health professionals about their problems. They’re looking at losing access to their Second Amendment rights, so they stay away.
Now, tell me how that’s beneficial to anyone?
It’s not. It not only stigmatizes mental illness unnecessarily–there’s a huge gap between depression because someone is homesick and about to go on a murderous rampage–but it’s a gross violation of the Second Amendment.
Hawaii needs to lose this one and lose it hard. Frankly, I’d love it if the judge struck down such insane measures as being not just a violation of the Second Amendment, but a violation of a patient’s privacy.
This isn’t how we were told these measures were supposed to work. We were promised it was only for those who were shown to be a risk.
And yet, Santucci here isn’t one. He can’t buy a handgun because Hawaii won’t let him.
The Navy, on the other hand? They’re fine with him having a handgun. They’re not worried at all. They’re the ones who probably should be if anyone were, and they’re not.
Because, once again, this is just how anti-gun states like Hawaii tend to roll. They look for any reason to keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens, all while being unable to stop criminals from getting them.
Only they ran into a sailor who isn’t interested in rolling over. Good for him.