I once sat on a jury for a case involving a mentally unstable man and a gun.
The parents of this kid called the cops when their son got the gun out of the car trunk and threatened them with it.
The story was that the father took the gun from the son, to keep it out of his hands, put it into the car and left the keys on a hook in the kitchen.
So, if we convicted the son (the charge was minor one) he would get help for his short-circuit.t
My problem was the fact that the parents didn't take the proper steps to assure their kid DIDN'T have access to the gun. Had they taken the steps to get the gun out of their household/easy reach, they would not have to have gone thru the incident.
Are we going to dog-pile on the mom for not securing the weapons? And if she did take the steps to secure them how did the shooter get past them?
The mental illness issue is an important one.
People are willing to overlook the 'kooky uncle', 'different son', 'crazy brother' as someone who is a PITA and pretty harmless until they fall off their swing.
After that, you can go in front of the camera and say "he did seem to be a little odd....." or " I was waiting for him to snap....", "I USED TO KNOW HIM, HE SEEMED LIKE A REGULAR GUY."
Or the standard, "I am not surprised this guy snapped."
I go nuts when the media begins to compare it, rate it?, on the Top Ten List of nutbags with guns.
"This is the second highest, third highest, Number One!!!!!!! body count on record!"
My other peeve is with the 'reporting' - it's a bunch of AHs reading tweets and regurgitating it as truth. In El Lay you are more likely to see a reporter with a mike in one hand and reading off a cellphone they have in the other hand.
The media, in their haste to bring you the 'inside scoop', will broadcast any tidbit, then correct it as time goes on.
The horror is two people getting shot in a school, the unreal nightmare is the changing numbers as the facts come out.
I just saw a murder suicide story that happened at the Excalibur Hotel/Casino.
We can't go shopping, to school or gambling w/o being subjected to possibly being killed?
I am going to stay at home, with my guns.
I feel much safer there.