I'm kind of conflicted on guns. From what I know of Mayfly and Tim The Beek, I don't have a problem with them owning guns, but I think they are too easy to acquire even legally.
I think society has a responsibility to protect it's weakest. And you can tell that's true by what I do at The Alzheimer's Association. I don't really know a lot about guns because they are such a threat to me it's not good for me to even think about them. If I owned a gun, I would be dead, end of story. That doesn't mean Tim shouldn't have one. But will somebody please think of the children (and they mentally ill). I believe Tim and Mayfly know the responsibilities of owning a gun and I'm not necessarily talking about just laws. It's about keeping stuff locked up, not encouraging the sick to hold guns.
it's not just "crazy" people who are in danger around guns.. I could probably go to Tim's house with a gun left on the table because Tim and China would care for me. But If I went into a stranger's house and the gun was on the table. It would probably be 50/50 as to whether I would kill myself. And I'm appropriately medicated, receiving world class psychotherapy and living with family that loves me. I'm pretty well functioning.
I will leave it at this statement. I don't think people don't understand how impulsive suicide is. (can't speak for homicide but it may be similar). For those of us that are mentally ill. We have to worry about a quick impulse to jump off a bridge or pick up a gun. It's true, I promise you. I think a lot of gun owners think and fairly so about people who may harm them. But you also have to think about those who may harm themselves. So have fun, protect yourself, exercise your rights, but please be careful. because even at my most mentally ill, I was able to pass myself off as healthy and I'm not unique in that.