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In the U.S. about 20% of adults have some form of diagnosable mental illness. That is about 50 million people. A subset of these qualify as Serious Mental Illness (SMI) that is defined as "...a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder resulting in serious functional impairment, which substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities..."

About 5% of Americans can be diagnosed as having SMI. That is about 13M people. On average, one in twenty people you meet are mentally/emotionally impaired by clinical standards. I suspect these numbers go up quite a bit during times of stress, like pandemics.

Given numbers like these, one has to be pretty optimistic to support the right to bear arms, not to mention "government by the people". But you can't put the gun-genie back in the bottle and there is no better alternative than democracy so the only rational alternative is to improve mental health.

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness
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