Guns and mental illness: tragedies in waiting


Consider these scenarios. A popular college student leaves his
fraternity house one day, stark naked. He walks three blocks to a
stranger’s house, enters, turns on the TV and falls asleep. %u2028Moments
later, the owner of the house finds him, takes aim with his Glock and
kills the young man before he ever wakes up.

Or: an 18-year-old high school basketball star calls 911 to report
child abuse because he can’t find any Chinese food in the house. When
the police contact his mother, she rushes home to find her son sobbing
on the front porch while a confused sergeant stares, watching his tears
flow like rain.

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