Mental Illness + Guns

“He had never been legally adjudicated as mentally ill, and, even if he had, Arizona at the time had over 121,000 records of disqualifying mental illness it had not submitted to the background check system.”

Mark Kelly, on wife, Gabby Gifford’s shooter.  (6 Things We Learned at the Senate’s Big Guns Hearing | Mother Jones)

Let’s stop pretending that people who want guns,  have been  psychologically evaluated prior to owning a gun. They haven’t. My family member with a gun, in my opinion, has big anger and paranoia issues, but I doubt he’s ever been in front of a psychologist in his life. This is true of most gun owners. They’ve never been adequately screened like most people who are trained and hired to have guns (security firms, military, police, etc).

Even if there are incidents on record, a lot of the time warning signs are not automatically included in background checks or are they are not considered disqualifying factors.

So, making sure those things happen are essential.


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