Re: Breaking: Several killed and wounded at Washington DC Navy Yard
posted at 9/17/2013 1:26 PM EDT
In response to FortySixAndTwo's comment:
In response to MattyScornD's comment:
Gun rights are one thing.
But allowing a PTSD-afflicted former soldier with demonstrated mental illness (and military training) to carry a concealed weapon seems like an invitation for trouble.
My only personal hope is that this tragedy highlights the issue of diagnosing and treating mental illnesses as an absolutely necessary function of both the national and VA health care systems (and occupational therapy in general for civilians).
Well...when mental illness isn't reported it's awfully hard to use it as a reason to keep guns out of his hands...
Alexis had been suffering a host of serious mental problems, including paranoia and a sleep disorder, and had been hearing voices in his head, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the criminal investigation was still going on.
He had been treated since August by Veterans Affairs, the officials said.
The Navy had not declared him mentally unfit, which would have rescinded a security clearance Alexis had from his earlier time in the Navy Reserves.
And which is why I emphasized the "diagnosis" part. It's widely known that soldiers/military are held to a different standard of proof than the rest of us.
This report - if true - combined with gun-related run-ins with the law - again, if true - should have perhaps been consolidated into a profile that objectively deemed him unfit for the privilege of carrying a deadly weapon.
Then, perhaps that determination could have landed him in a database maintained by appropriate law enforcement officials for the purpose of informing lawful gun sellers of undesirable purchasers.
Ergo, a background check.
This is the process part of the gun rights argument. If everyone can agree that mental defectives should not have easy access to guns, then the questions are really about process: what we do and how we do it.
P.S. Is "security clearance" a criteria for gun ownership? I'm not sure if it is or not....