Amy Schumer, Gun Control, and Ableism
This was popular on my Facebook a few weeks ago. Original post here.
Hey Amy Schumer lovers. I will not be a part of your anti- “mentally ill” gun control movement. If you want to restrict access to weapons for everyone, great. If you want to especially restrict people who have previously behaved violently, that makes sense. If you want to heavily restrict weapons use for people in authority positions that would be best.
But realize you demonize everyone who has ever freaked out or survived trauma or been abusively sectioned by their parents and received a “severe” psychiatric diagnosis when you – incorrectly – associate gun violence with “mental illness”.
The reality is that those of us diagnosed as mentally ill are 10 times more likely to be the victims of violence than others, even higher for those with diagnoses who are also people of color.
The reality is that not even the most expert of experts is able to predict which people going through extreme states will behave violently. The reality is that “sane” police officers and other protected individuals murder far more people each year than “mentally ill” spree shooters.
Please stop blaming “mental illness” for violence, and focus instead on the racist ableist colonial imperial cis-hetero-patriarchal culture and institutions that create, support, and justify the huge amount of violence committed by Americans.