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Our podcast for 4-24-07:

Topics: Banning particular types of weapons, mental health and firearms ownership and gun-free zones

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  • Robert


    Great podcast.

    I’m new to this whole concept, but its kind of interesting.

    You’ve got a great set of pipes and a clear, careful way of thinking about things.

    You should get on the radio!

    Keep up the good work!

    Apr 28, 2007 at 1:37 pm
  • Elmo C Sherman

    Syd. This is the first time i have listened to a pod-cast. I think that it is a good idea for you to get your thoughts out to your many website readers. I have a 357 mag.Ruger SP101w/a3in barrel,that was done for me by Gemini Customs. Its called Black T because of the finish. Is this concidered a snubby. It is a blast to shoot and a fine weapon. The thing to be aware of is don’t let the camel get his under the Tent. There is already bills in congress to flag the mentally ill or soldiers or if you take antidepressents. If people don’t think they are after us,look at the anti-gun bills in congress. Keep up the good work that you do. Elmo C

    Apr 29, 2007 at 12:11 am

    NICE TO HEAR A VOICE SYD, When that happened at VTECH. I said to a friend of mine “THERE GOES MY GUN RIGHTS” And now everyone is going crazy over gun rights.What if someone had a weapon in one of the classes.What if, what if, what if.I don’t know what to say?????All I know is that I want to protect myself and family. Thank you,frank capel,Latrobe pa.

    Apr 29, 2007 at 12:26 am
  • dleland

    “… and when they came after me, there was no one left to say anything.”

    Love the format! Keep it up.

    Apr 29, 2007 at 6:40 am
  • Bob Gallaher

    Syd -

    It is a gratifying to hear a reasoned non-hysterical voice discussing the issues of mental health and firearms. The Virginia Tech shootings were horrific and probably preventable. Unfortunately, the State of Virginia has one of the worst records of treatment enforcement in the nation.

    I recommend that you investigate the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC) by visiting their website at www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org. This is the foremost organization advocating the enforced treatment of the dangerously mentally ill.

    Misguided civil rights activists have created a situation in this country that allows these unfortunates to “die with their rights on” rather than receive the treatment they are unaware they need. The very nature of their illness renders them incapable of recognizing that they are a danger to themselves and others.

    The “trigger” that would prevent dangerously mentally ill persons from legally obtaining a weapon is a difficult line to legislate. However, an involuntary commitment order, whether for in-patient or out-patient treatment, is at least a starting point. These orders are generally difficult to obtain and are usually only issued when a person demonstrates they are a grave danger to themselves or others. This, by definition, would not include persons suffering from post-traumatic stress, depression, etc unless they were delusional, paranoid, and acting out dangerously.

    Thank you for bringing this issue out in the open. As you said, gun rights advocates can not afford to take an absolutist stance on this issue that would not serve anyone.

    Best regards,

    Bob Gallaher

    Nov 21, 2007 at 3:53 am