Consider informing police of mental illness to save lives from gun violence

Mar 12, 2018

To the Editor:

If every parent of a relative with mental illness were to inform the local police department with proper paperwork so that the police would be aware not to hand out a permit for a gun to such a person, it would help with saving so may lives.

I reported a relative and because I did, that person did not get a gun permit. It was the best thing I ever did. I was cursed at, etc., but several months later I received a thank-you.

I just did what I thought was the best thing for everyone concerned. Actually I just called the police station.

Virginia Riley

Comments (4)
Posted by: SammieJfive | Mar 13, 2018 22:23

Thank you Virginia. We don't need more laws, just more people speaking up!

Posted by: desertsky | Mar 18, 2018 08:38

There are several opportunities to focus in on a person's mental stability when they seek a gun permit. The gun permit officer in the town actually meets the person when they come in for fingerprinting. THere are references listed and are they checked? that gives four more people a chance to speak up and potentially help decline a permit being given out and one of them is a cop! There are enough laws, as sammie says, it's time to start enforcing them in this state. Strict gun laws and liberal judges make up this state and it's like trying to mix oil and water.

If you are chosen as a reference for someone trying to obtain a permit and feel they are not competent, SPEAK may save a life.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 18, 2018 12:38

Good idea but there's potential for unsubstantiated claims.


I don't like my neighbor, she's a school bus driver.  She always drinking when I see her in her backyard.  I'm going to call the police  and  the school department  to prevent   her from renewing her license because  I'll bet she drives the bus drunk.  Who am I to say? What proof do I have?


My other neighbor works in the meat room at Shaws.  He's kinda weird in my opinion.  I don't think he should have access to all those knives.  I'm calling the police and I'm calling Shaws to tell them! Who am I to say? What proof do I have.


What if someone hates guns 100% with no exceptions, not even hunting and target use.  They'll say anything to prevent someone from getting a gun.


Again, good idea, good concept...but there's room for problems.



Posted by: desertsky | Mar 18, 2018 16:19

I totally get your point WBTS. Yes, people can give negative feedback but that alone will not stop someone from getting a permit. BUT IT DOES RAISE A FLAG and when the background, criminal and CORI checks are all done if there is nothing to substantiate the false claims then the permit is issued. When they check and the person has been committed to Pembroke Hospital for ten years and recently released or can't spell his last name at least it should raise that flag. Legally, as we all know, you can't deny the permit for no reason. Unless claims are substantiated, then that's all they

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