But he still has the guns, right?The idea that there are some people
out there who will actually stand up and claim that because there was no harm
done -- this time -- that this man should be allowed to keep his guns is
absolutely frightening.But it goes a long way toward explaining why
we have such a mess on our hands and why we absolutely MUST find a way to stand
up to the NRA and protect our fellow citizens with some common sense
restrictions on gun ownership.
"Some of the items seized from Lindley's house included a Thompson
semi-automatic carbine, a 50-round drum for a Thompson submachine gun, two Ruger
pistols, gun magazines and ammunition...."LOL, wut?This...this is an "arsenal"? A semi-automatic rifle, two pistols,
some magazines, and ammunition?(A "50-round drum for
a...submachine gun" sounds scary, but it's just a type of magazine that
does nothing on its own).When I read the word "arsenal", I
had visions of dozens of firearms and small mounds of ammunition scattered
throughout the room.But three guns? I would bet at least 50% of
Utah's gun owners have more weapons than that in their homes.If
the police are now declaring three guns to be an "arsenal", then Utah
gun owners should be very, very careful about voluntarily disclosing information
about their firearm collections to the police. It might trigger a SWAT raid if
the cops deem you have "too many" guns.
I am happy that nobody got hurt. Bipolar Disorder is a very complex but
treatable disease. I hope that Wayne is able to get the proper treatment. Kudos to law enforcement for managing this situation such that nobody
@DN Subscriber"It's not the guns, it's the crazy or
evil people."Why do the pro-gun folks always make it a
black-or-white, either/or issue? It's both!
"It was later learned that Wayne had recently been diagnosed with bipolar
disorder and it was not known if he was taking his medication," according to
a Davis County Jail booking report. Bipolar disorder is a serious
mental illness, and this guy is clearly a danger to himself or others. Has he
been adjudicated as mentally ill which would legally prohibit him from purchase
or possession of any gun, and allow all guns to be taken away from him?Some might claim that bipolar is a minor problem and if meds are taken the
individual will behave in normal ways. However, courts have ruled they cannot
be forced to take meds and therefore can behave erratically at almost any time.
Are these advocates for the mentally ill willing to risk this guy shooting a
bunch of cops, just to protect the right of mentally ill people to avoid being
stigmatized by adjudication as mentally ill which would keep them from getting
guns?We talk a lot about gun control, but are reluctant to actually
enforce the laws we already have.Even without a trial or conviction, this
guy should be adjudicated today based on his actions.It's not
the guns, it's the crazy or evil people.