Thursday, September 26, 2013

Should A Check For Mental Illness Be A Requirement In the Purchase Of A Fire Arm?

On Monday September 16, 2013 fighting the demons in his head, Arron Alexis lost. He shot up the Naval Yard in Washington D.C. When he arrived at the base he killed the security guard. Then he proceeded to shot and kill 11 more people when he got inside. Killing a total of 12 people. Alexis had a history of brandishing and firing his weapons illegally in the past. He also had mental problems that the Navy knew about. Yet he was still allowed to purchase and carry a gun. Even despite his mental problems and is questionable military record. That is unfortunate because if the military would have acknowledged his problem in the beginning this might not have happened. If there were a law that puts the names of people who have mental illness in a federal data base so they can't purchase weapons, just maybe this act of violence could have be avoided. This could have happened any where in the country. It could have happened in Mt.View California just as well. Arron Alexis worked at HP for a while. If you ask me the Navy dropped the ball on this one. I think gun laws need to be changed with mental illness included on the application and as well as on a federal, State and local medical data base or this will keep on happening.


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