The last thing you want to do when dealing with someone with a mental illness is to give them unsupervised access to guns. I am just so flabbergasted at the stupidity. My son is also a gun enthusiast who used to go to the shooting range with his friends at least a coupe of times a month. Oh how he loved it and he was so good at it. Unfortunately, he found this hobby around the time that I was seeing symptoms that gave me pause. Incidents of delusion and increasing isolation had begun appearing, increasing in frequency as time went on. There were quite a few conversations in my house about buying guns. More than once, I had to tell my son that the mentally ill are not allowed to buy or possess firearms. Not even knowing if it was true or not, I stood my ground and refused to allow a gun to brought into my home. He looked so sad and it broke my heart to have to take that joy away from him. My point is that even in denial or lack of diagnosis, my instincts as a mother were dead on when it came to guns in the home.
As a nation, we are failing our children by not being informed. We are failing our children by the lack of access to mental health services. How many more tragedies before the politicians stop believing that they know better than our own physicians? The mental health polices of this country are a national disgrace.