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Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Franklin County
Re: Are Guns to Blame
<span style="font-style: italic">So what really is to blame for all of this?</span>
In the recent past, and i think you will finally find out in this case - people knew he was unstable or totally gone nuts.
You will also find out that there were huge signs he was up to something or was off the reservation in conduct.
We will all be reminded that due to privacy concerns, the mental instability will not have been reported or adequetly acted upon by doctors, college adinistrators, and others in the healthcare system.
They will point to the law that does not allow these medical conclusions to be disclosed.
The law on that privacy surrounding a condition that may portend sever and harmful, if not fatal possibilities for anyone, is hidden from view, and not a factor in limiting the rights of one found deficient.
Diagnosed mental instability is a disqualifying reason for lawful gun purchases.
However, to be in the system, the person has to be identified and entered into the system. The record has to be there for the application to be kicked out - denied.
At VA Tech, and other places besides Colorado, we have repeated this drill over and over.
In short, there are those that have no business having guns. Mentally deficient people are on the list. Without regard to race, creed, color - other heritage, or even military service - or lack thereof - the mentally impaired or those without the ability to make sound judgement calls or rationalize reality from fantasy pose a risk.
Not popular to call it what it is - but there.
Second, once again. No one had a CCW to return fire on this guy. I thought Colorado had pretty open carry laws.
One wonders what would have happened if fire had been returned - body armor or not. If he got flustered with the rifle malfunctioning - return fire might have been the cut and run moment.
A what if - not an answer.
According to the news today. Gun sales and requests for gun training is way up in Colorado now.
Is your position a short term gain - or a long term loss? Separate the issues.