Very sad story out of Connecticut about a Grandma who picked her 2 year old and 6 month old grandkids up from daycare, drove out to a lake, and then used her husbands gun to kill the two children and herself.
I don't have a lot of commentary on the story itself. As I said, very sad all around, with a bunch of folks asking 'what if.' I know the day care workers are kicking themselves for letting the kids go, but the grandma was on their approved list of folks to release the kids too.
Nope...my emotion over this story comes in the very first sentence:
'Debra Denison's struggles with mental illness were well known in her family, and when she wanted to pick up her grandsons from day care to mark the older boy's birthday, mother Brenda Perry hesitated.'
If that statement is true, then the question must be asked: Why was there still a gun in the house?
Did people not know that her husband had a gun? Was an investigation already completed into her condition?
Basically, what we have here is a perfect example of how adding new, restrictive laws ISN'T going to make things any safer. This sad situation is a perfect example of how we can't even use the exisiting laws on the books properly because even though people thought Grandma was getting a little loopy, NO ONE did anything about it Even the husband in this case didn't do anything. I mean, if my wife starts acting crazy(or crazier) I'm going to have to face up that the responsible thing to do is keep the guns away from her.
The trick here is to keep things from being too knee jerk. There is a thin line between having a safe and timely responce to a family members concerns and knocking down doors to seize guns because of anonomyous phone calls.