Keep guns from mentally ill

I am a firm believer in the right to bear arms, and in limiting the right to bear arms for those individuals who should not own or purchase a firearm, in order to protect them and society at large.

As my own family has been subject to a mentally ill person buying a firearm and taking their own life, it would have been a blessing to us to have been notified that this person had bought such and gotten the person help in time to stave off the anguish we felt and still feel today. This where I personally draw the line in this issue, and I am saddened by the failure of a congressional bill that would have greatly expanded background checks to include the severely mentally ill.

While I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment, a veteran and an avid hunter, something needs to be done to stop mentally ill people from purchasing arms and doing themselves and others harm. I need not point out all of the tragedies this nation has experienced from the recent rash of senseless killings at the hands of the mentally ill.

This is just plain common sense, and until something is done to stop all of this, then tragedies such as the ones at Newtown, Denver, Tucson, Virginia Tech and the like will become more commonplace.

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