On the Monday after the recent Tacoma Dome gun show, a psychologist colleague said two of the patients seen that day – both diagnosed with PTSD and significant anger issues - had purchased guns at the gun show. When asked about the background check, both reported that none was required. Whether a background check would or would not have prevented the purchase can be been debated. What cannot be debated is that these individuals have increased their risk of suicide.
By far, the majority of those individuals suffering from mental health issues are not incapacitated or incompetent or irrational. These individuals do …