Posted on Oct 5, 2015
Maj Kim P.
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We are finally making progress in getting those returning military to set foot in the halls of behavioral health or other counseling programs and admit they might have a problem to address before they commit suicide. How are the new gun law proposals about back ground checks due to increasing mass public shootings going to affect seeking help? Once mental health issues are identified, theoretically, you should no longer be able to possess a weapon. And theoretically, suicides direct their feelings inward, not outward so are we going to see a change in the mode? Or am I misreading current thought?
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Maj Kevin "Mac" McLaughlin
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My opinion here... The simple diagnosis of PTSD by itself should not constitute an automatic ban from owning a firearm. There are various levels and symptoms for PTSD, not all of which would or should preclude someone from owning a gun. This should be left in the hands of a qualified psychologist. To avoid a diagnosis from an activist anti-gun psychologist, the individual should be able to request a second opinion (or more).
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thank you sir for this responce, hunting is what brings me peace, you take my guns well dont know
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SSG Warren Swan
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It's all fun, games, and politics until you start impacting first responders. Many of them suffer and successfully deal with their PTSD symptoms and have no problems doing their jobs. Even military members do too. But if you're going to use a blanket "mental health" name as a disqualifier, let's see how many cops, firemen, EMT's, and servicemembers end up jobless and without weapons. Funny they're not the ones acting ignorant.
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SSG Warren Swan, Thank you. You bring a very valid point in which PTSD does affect first responders. It doesn't mean they can't do their job. It means they are human with human emotions.
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word up many first resonders have ptsd in some level
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SFC Wade W.
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No, you aren't misreading. This will put a massive halt to people seeking assistance with mental health issues and those that are already diagnosed will become criminals because they will not give up their firearms. This is already being played out in some locations where sheriff's deputies have been run off of some properties trying to confiscate weapons from veterans.
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PO1 Michael Phipps
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Talk show host Michael Savage showed that the Gun Control Act of 1968 had a provision for the mentally ill not being allowed to possess a weapon of ANY kind after the Sandy Hook school shooting. I am diagnosed bi-polar/schizo-affective while I was still on active duty in '96. I don't possess and have ZERO want to have a weapon of ANY kind, either.
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