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Posted on Aug 4, 2020
Larry Pruitt
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Cpl Jeff N.
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The safe thing to do is never answer the question. Period. It is no ones business if you own weapons legally. Perhaps one of the reasons guns are used in suicide is they are an available means to use. Do we really think that those determined to kill themselves will not find a way?

I have seen the recent ads from the Department of Veterans Affairs on "safe weapons" and they are complete BS. Keeping a weapon unloaded and locked away and the ammo stored in a different location than the weapon makes paper weights out of them.

This is merely another avenue in the "safety" screed hurled out by society today. I prefer liberty over safety.
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MSgt Allen Chandler
MSgt Allen Chandler
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You preferably a party over safety. Please think about that for a moment. Does my liberty to drive drunk out where your liberty to not be run over by me? Does my liberty a free speech outweigh weigh yours right to safety when I’m standing in front of your child cussing and threatening to rape them? I am not in favor of extreme gun control i.e. take everything from everybody but I do believe in the past majority of American believes that we can find a reasonable balance. Your liberty to carry gun does not overcome the courts concern for safety and you can’t take your gun into a quart room. You’re right to To Liberty does not overcome the societies right to feel safe If a person is seeking medical help and he / she is judged to be a true danger to the community the mental health person is required to report it the police will not take his guns into a court authorizes it that is the say he should get a fair hearing and be able to tell his side of the story. Remember just because it’s his side of the story doesn’t make it true it makes it his side of the story
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LT William Kunkle
LT William Kunkle
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by the time you realize there is an intruder, open a safe with the gun, go to another room to get ammo locked up, load the weapon...he's already stolen your wide screen TV, raped your spouse and kidnapped your kid. Leftie's gun safety is ridiculous
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SFC Christopher Dunlap
SFC Christopher Dunlap
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MSgt Allen Chandler - Your comments hurt my brain trying to decipher what you were saying. How someone makes it to the rank of Master Sergeant when they speak/type on about a 6th grade level is astounding. I would hate to read the NCOER’s you had to write for your subordinates.
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MSgt Allen Chandler
MSgt Allen Chandler
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SFC Christopher Dunlap - I'm sorry for the damage to your brain. Are use a text to type Computer program To put information in Because his disabilities I developed Well I was earning my rank. If my typing in grammar on my only problem is That I think I'm doing pretty good. If you have something that you disagree That I'd be glad to hear it.
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SSgt Joseph Baptist
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The "myth" persists because it is not a myth, but something that actually happens to too many gun owners who seek mental health assistance.

I have had two friends who have lost their firearms rights due to the (well intentioned, but misguided) interventions of mental health professionals.

In one case, a friend who had recently had his first child, and whose wife was suffering extreme post partum depression was at the end of his rope and called a suicide hotline during a moment when he felt completely overwhlemed. He never threatened to shoot himself or anyone else, but was asked about guns and ammunition in his home.
The next day, he called me to come and remove his ammunition (he was already storing his target gun in my safe, because he didn't own a safe and had a baby in his house), and the Sheriff's deputies arrived while I was there to search the house for firearms and ammunition - having been called by the mental health people. He later had me handle the sale of his firearm, because he was told that, due to his "mental health issue" (a bad day, when he called a hotline because he was embarrased to talk to friends about his problems), he would have to go to court and have a judge decide whether or not he could own firearms in the future.

Another friend, a former coworker, came with me and a group of friends to do some causal traget shooting, followed by a picnic lunch at the range complex. During lunch, she told me that this was the first good day she had had in weeks, because she was going through a brutal divorce, and her husband (emotionally abusive) was constantly telling her what a terrible person she was, etc. and she felt like a failure and a terrible human. This is one of the best teachers I have ever worked with - a woman who inspired her students everyday, and who showed love and care for kids from terrible home-situations. Her ex's constant attacks caused her to think she was worthless, incapable, and drove her into a severe depression (she was in therapy, but not on medication). She told me that the focus and attention she had to use to hit the target while shooting took her mind off of what was going on with her ex, allowed her to feel in control, and allowed her to enjoiy the day with the group.
When she shared this with her therapist, he told her that she could not be around guns, or gun owners, and threatened to get the police involved if she was to continue to go shooting.

So, no, the mental health professional doesn't personally take the guns away, but they can send the police to do it.

These incidents both happened in California, so may have played out differently in states that are more rational.
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Sgt James S.
Sgt James S.
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BINGO!
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SGT Steve McFarland
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My answer to "Do you have a gun?" is "None of your business."
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PO2 David Ball
PO2 David Ball
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And have your weapons seized!!! After all there is still no such thing as free lunch nor medical care!!
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MAJ Byron O.
MAJ Byron O.
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I did until the boating accident...so tell me more about what happened that day on the boat? Was everyone ok?
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My response: "Absolutely not! I see too many people every day that need killin to own one." ;)
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SGT Steve McFarland
SGT Steve McFarland
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CPT (Join to see) Bwahaha!!! Good one!
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