Can we all agree that it’s not a good idea for mentally ill people to have guns?

Another day, another senseless gun attack in America.

This one was played out on live television. A Virginia television reporter — all of 24 years old — and her cameraman were busy doing their jobs. Suddenly, shots rang out — live and on the air. Eventually, the suspect was captured. Then he shot and killed himself.

The suspect fired off a long, rambling fax to a television news station. He called it a suicide note. He said that the recent Charleston shooting was what sent him over the edge. People of conscience all over the world reacted to that shooting with grief and anger. This man reacted by buying a gun, and killing others.

God knows, I’m not a psychologist. But you don’t have to be a psychologist to know that this man clearly needed help. I don’t know much about him, but he was an African-American man, and I do know that in general, African-American men are among the least likely to seek help regarding mental illness. A lot needs to be done about that.

But in the meantime, can we all agree that this man should not have had a gun? Nor should anyone with a mental illness? For me personally, a gun would never keep me safe. I have a history of depression and anxiety. A gun would just be too easy. You do the math.

I don’t have the answers for how to solve this, but I wish sensible people would come up with some. And of course, I wish that the suits in Washington would not be so fucking beholden to the NRA. This morning, before I heard about this latest tragedy, I friend of mine shared this video. It’s even more powerful for me now. We need to do something about senseless gun deaths in America. NOW!


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