On April 2nd, 2014, a shooting spree occurred on the Fort Hood military base. The shooter was Ivan Lopez, a veteran who’s friendly smile showed no sign of any mental disorder. Lopez, with his .45-caliber handgun, killed 3 people and wounded 16 others before taking his own life.
Lopez’s medical history shows that he was undergoing treatment for conditions such as depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. He had not yet been diagnosed with PTSD. He was not a wounded warrior nor did he have a purple heart. People close to him say that he was a happy, calm family man. It is not yet known what Lopez’s motive was; it is still being investigated.
Should someone (a veteran) going through psychiatric evaluation be allowed to carry a fire arm?
In my opinion, if there is any question of a persons mental stability then they shouldn’t have access to a weapon for that time being. I am not implying a change in gun laws.