2 thoughts on “Selling Guns to the Mentally Ill – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Unfortunately, this kid would have been able to get the guns even if the govt totally ignored the Second Amendment. It’s become cliche to snicker at the “When guns are outlawed…” aphorism, but it’s no less true.

    Also, as a psychologist, I shudder to think that someone seeking help for any kind of psychological distress (clinical depression, anxiety, marital discord, test anxiety, etc) would be entered into some creepy govt database.

    The unfortunate fact is that we can look back with 20/20 hindsight and say this guy was mental so someone somewhere should have stopped him from purchasing guns but that honestly doesn’t mean that anyone who saw him as a mental health professional could have predicted that he was homicidal. Nor that anyone who has been under the care of the mental health field should be denied Constitutional rights a priori.

  2. The NY Times reports today that the sale of the gun to the killer was not permitted under federal law because anyone who’s been involuntarily commited to a mental hospital is not allowed to purchase a gun. The State of Virginia failed to inform the feds about his commital & thus his name didn’t come up when the gun seller did a check. If Virginia authorities had done their job properly this prob wouldn’t have happened.

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