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Veterans with ptsd should not have any access to guns

Keanu Ruffo

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The fact that a man with a history of mental health issues has access to guns is stupid and dangerous.

Ian Long, a marine veteran, who served in the Afghanistan war, shot and killed 12 people at a country bar in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday night before taking his own life.

Last spring, Long had consistent episodes of awkward behavior which, suggested by authorities, was post-traumatic stress disorder.

After his strange incidents however, mental health professionals looked at Long and shockingly decided not to observe him anymore.

To prevent another act like this from happening, veterans that come back from war need to have mandatory check ups at least every week with mental health specialist to make sure they’re stable and aren’t suffering from PTSD alone.

Long’s mother, Colleen Long, knew her son had a mental problem and was frustrated he never got any help for it.

If her son didn’t want any help for his mental state, then she should’ve obviously took matters into her own hands and got help anyways for him despite what he and mental health officials say.

Long was a “quiet” and “kept to himself” type of guy, neighbors described.

Neighbors of Long knew of his mental state and were always cautious whenever around him despite his silent appearance.

Blake Winnet, a roommate that used to live with Long back in college, described him saying he was “weird” and “aggressively anti-social”.

Going back to Colleen Long, it doesn’t make sense why she would let her son join the marines knowing he’s not all there mentally.

Going to war and coming back changes the lives of men and women physically and mentally.

Long joining the marines and going to war was a serious mistake because it left Long with PTSD making him angry and dangerous to be around.

Before Long joined the marines and went off to afghanistan , they should’ve been more aware of Long’s mental health in the past and thought to themselves is it a good idea to send Long to war?

Will war make his mental health worse? Will he come back with PTSD and possibly become violent?

Background checks on a soldiers mental health need to be enforced before sending a soldier off to war.

A soldier who has mental issues already should be sent to where there isn’t war so that they don’t get worse.

If Long hadn’t go to war, he would’ve been a lot healthier mentally despite what he already had and possibly could’ve gotten help for his current mental issues.

It’s really sad to see that lives were lost knowing Long had opportunities to be helped and nobody did anything about it.

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Keanu Ruffo, Staff Writer

Keanu Ruffo is a staff writer for Talon Marks at Cerritos College. Keanu favors writing stories on sports, but is willing to write a story on anything...

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Veterans with ptsd should not have any access to guns