Brandishing in Mississippi. Mental illness & mass shootings.

Brandishing in Mississippi

I generally agree with the writer. Regardless of legality, pulling a stunt like this will likely at least get you arrested for brandishing, assuming you survive.

MS Code § 97-37-19. Deadly weapons; exhibiting in threatening manner

If any person, having or carrying any … deadly weapon … shall, in the presence of another person, brandish or wield the same in a threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense, … the person so offending, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in a sum not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or be imprisoned in the county jail not exceeding three (3) months, or both. In prosecutions under this section it shall not be necessary for the affidavit or indictment to aver, nor for the state to prove on the trial, that any gun, pistol, or other firearm was charged, loaded, or in condition to be discharged.

Mental Illness & Mass Shootings

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health several months ago by Vanderbilt researchers Dr. Jonathan Metzl and Kenneth T. MacLeish says that mental illness is not the common denominator in mass shootings and that we should be looking at other factors, such as gun ownership.

Does anyone really think that people who plan and commit mass murders or massacres are not psychologically unsound?

Thought for the Day

Someone out there wants to kill you and your family. He doesn’t much care whether you are in a “good” neighborhood or a “safe” place.

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