Blacks and Gun Ownership: Tighter Restrictions Can Save Lives

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“He was brilliant, had all kinds of accolades. He went to the best private schools, on wonderful vacations…but all of that doesn’t mean you’re going to be immune to mental illness,” White-Seals said.

One day while visiting his parents, Seals told his father he was struggling mightily with depression and agreed to be hospitalized to get help. While his father sat at a computer to get directions to take his son to a nearby psychiatric hospital, Seals walked down to the end of the driveway and shot himself.
When police researched the history of the gun, it was discovered that Seals had bought the weapon legally.

“I can’t believe Kylen would have checked the box that asked if he had a history of mental illness,” his mother said.

White-Seals said she wishes there had been a requirement to automatically check both a mental illness as well as a criminal database before selling someone a gun.

“It might have saved my son’s life had there been such a registry.”

Another woman, who asked that her name not be used, said her father had been a card-carrying member of the NRA. When physical health issues began to take their toll 10 years ago, her father became despondent and ultimately shot himself in a wooded area behind the family’s home.

While the woman said she was aware while growing up that her father owned a gun, there was little discussion in their home about the handling of guns.
“It wasn’t an open conversation,” the woman said.

She said it never occurred to her to learn how to shoot a gun or how to stow it safely until she was in a situation when a friend of hers was attacked. She then considered getting a gun.

“My leaf-turning moment was when I spoke with a martial arts instructor who told me: ‘Before we teach you to use a gun, we need to teach you how to use your hands and your brain.”

Rather than purchase a gun, the woman studied Aikido and became a black belt. She said it eliminated her anxiety about living alone and having to fend for herself.

“There is a delicate balance once you realize how powerful you are,” the short, petite woman said. “I can hip-turn 150 pounds. I’ve done combat with men 250, 300 pounds and been able to subdue them. You learn to work with whatever skills set you have.”

She has no desire to own a gun and said she supports regulations on the kinds of guns that civilians can own and that there should be strict criminal and mental health background checks.

She is opposed to anyone other than military personnel owning semi-automatic weapons.

‘We wouldn’t use one to shoot a deer up because you couldn’t use the meat. I don’t think people should be having automatic weapons,” the woman said.
“I do wish there was an efficient program or series of steps to qualify someone to buy a weapon instead of people being able to buy guns like candy.”

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  1. There are fundamental flaws with your argument here (no matter how you spin it): You seem to assert that the majority of violent deaths that are attributed to gun violence come from individuals who have purchased these guns legally. This is far from the truth and perpetuates the negative connotation that the NRA executives seem to espouse.

    Your argument is also flawed from the perception that an individual with a history of mental health problems would self-disclose this fact on a gun application. Once again, you seem to espouse the same misconception that the NRA execs when they assert that we need a system of cross checking gun applicants with mental health records. This simply isn’t going to happen because as a psychologist myself, several codes of ethics that ensure my licensure prevent me from disclosing my patients confidentiality. My first responsibility is to them.

    The point that I am trying to make is that I live in Chicago, which is currently the deadliest city in America in relation to gun violence. I can assure that the miscreant who killed Hadiya Pendleton, did not apply for a gun license and or steal if from his home. This is the point that many are missing in their zeal for more gun legislation. Illinois and the city of Chicago has perhaps the strictest gun laws in the nation, but the killings continue.

    I am for many of the gun measures that have been introduced including a national registry and mandatory gun training, but that is not going to stop the reprobate from getting and using a gun if that is what he/she wants to do. Consider this: Crack is illegal, meth is illegal and heroin is illegal, but the addict still finds a way to get that drug.

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