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Why would anyone, with a mentally challenged child, have weapons in their home?

Original post made by Sally, Midtown, on Dec 17, 2012

Mentally unbalanced kids cannot be trusted around weapons, of any type, including hammers and knives. What was this mother thinking, having loaded up her house with guns?

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Posted by protect American lives
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Dec 17, 2012 at 11:37 am

We need improved mental health services in our country, if we seek to call ourselves the greatest nation on earth.

We need to eliminate assault weapons and high capacity clips. We need background checks on every gun purchase.

Then we can get to the controversial issues.

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Posted by curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

curmudgeon is a registered user.

"Mentally unbalanced kids cannot be trusted around weapons, ... . What was this mother thinking, having loaded up her house with guns?"

Why assume this woman was mentally intact herself? If gun sales to borderline mental cases were prevented, the gun market and the NRA would shrivel.

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Posted by Ducatigirl
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm

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One of the articles I have read stated that the mother was a "doomsday prepped", and possibly unbalanced herself, as she believed that the world was on the verge of economic collapse. She collected high-power weapons and practiced target shooting but did not have her guns locked up.

My son read on Strat-For that she was actually afraid of her son and had tried to have him committed to a mental hospital on several occasion. But that involved calling police, and she did not want him to have a criminal record(!). Her other son left home and never returned, and refused to have contact with his younger brother.

Sounds like a highly dysfunctional family.

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Posted by That User Name is already
a resident of another community
on Dec 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm

That User Name is already is a registered user.

Again, be careful assigning motives or third hand information regarding the family this early.

So much of what was reported as fact during the first week of Columbine proved to be COMPLETELY untrue (the trenchcoat mafia, etc..)

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