Here is a prime example of why we need comprehensive ways of dealing with guns
and mental illness. BOTH sides of the equation demand serious changes.Given the history of threats and violence, should this man have been allowed
to keep his weapons? No.But were authorities able to remove the
weapons? No.Why? Probably because he had not been convicted of a
felony. No matter how many misdemeanors a person may have racked up, his guns
must be returned after an arrest that does not meet the level of a felony.A few simple fixes will not fix anything. COMPREHENSIVE action is
required.That will require WISDOM and POLITICAL COURAGE. Do our law
makers have the courage to stand up against the NRA and their sheep-like
followers?I hope so.
A few years ago, I had a personal experience with something like this. To make
a long story short, I and several others took a CERT class. One of the
instructors carried a 9mm, a radio, and some other paraphernalia on his belt.
He spent a lot of time talking about the "need" to "be ready" to
stand up to all sorts of "threats."It became so bad that
some of us decided we needed to try to do something about we felt was a very
real potential threat.We finally went and talked with the police
chief in the small northern Utah town. His response was downright frightening.
He told us that we were not the first to express concern. Many other people had
already done so.But, he told us, because the man had no record of
felonies, he had every right in the world to keep his weapons.I'm still expecting that some day, I'll see his name in the
headlines.And then, it will be too late.
They are going to inject racism into this I bet.