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Friday, August 10,2012

Guns and mental illness: tragedies in waiting

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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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If you are reading this in Boulder, Colorado, check out my one woman show, Loved by You, at the Boulder Fringe Festival.  It's partially about growing up with a mentally ill father who legally owned guns and used them to terrorize the family.  My father never had any trouble buying guns, I'm just lucky he didn't have the guts to pull the trigger.  http://lovedbyyouaself-lovestory.blogspot.com/2012/07/response-to-colorado-shooting.html