I'm a gun owner. I also have worked in mental health, on and off, for twenty years. A little while ago, I was talking to a man who had voluntarily signed himself into the psych unit for depression and suicidal ideation. This guy really wanted to die, but had enough sense to understand he wasn't thinking clearly. During the course of our conversation, he told me that he owned several guns. I asked him if his suicidal thinking involved the use of firearms. He replied that the thought had crossed his mind. I relayed this conversation to the psych doc who called the family. They had not mentioned the man's gun collection when he was admitted. The police were contacted and the man's guns were removed from his house. The patient was eventually discharged to aftercare. I do not know if he ever got his guns back but, because he tried to sign himself out while actively suicidal, he was involuntarily committed for the rest of his stay, so I doubt it. I felt bad, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Having seen just how disturbed people can be over the years, I'm a firm believer in not letting the severely mentally ill have access to firearms. It's unsafe for everyone. I do NOT, however, advocate that stance for people suffering non suicidal depressions, anxiety or manageable bi-polar illness. Everyone needs help from time to time. And if we restricted gun rights just because a person was in therapy, half the cops in this country would be on the bow and arrow squad. I would also hate to see non suicidal/homicidal people not avail him or herself of medication/therapy just because they were afraid they'd lose their gun rights. What say you? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!