Letters to the Editor

It’s not about guns; it’s about mental illness

Salud Carbajal during the 24th District congressional debate at Cal Poly on Feb. 4.
Salud Carbajal during the 24th District congressional debate at Cal Poly on Feb. 4. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal’s sister died of a mental illness, which caused her to commit suicide.

He forgot that the Isla Vista murderer stabbed his first two roommates in their sleep, not with a gun.

The Virginia Tech killer was adjudicated a danger to himself and others, and legally purchased the semi-automatic handguns he used to kill.

The Sandy Hook mass killer was known to have mental problems in school. His mother taught him to shoot.

In San Luis Obispo, a boy who was psychotic didn’t take his pills, obtained his father’s hunting rifle (invented in 1898) and the ammo, all stored in the attic, and shot and killed two sisters and was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

This list is endless. Mr. Carbajal should concentrate on a mentally-ill database similar to the felony database that is used to exclude felons from attaining firearms.

Remember, a gun is an inanimate object such as a knife, hammer or rebar, which takes a person to load, point and shoot. That person should not be mentally ill. The firearms issue is a cheap way to obtain votes, especially in a nonpaid letter to the editor.

Mr. Carbajal, I thought you were above such political machinations.

Allan Mayer, San Luis Obispo

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