Less than a year after a court-ordered stay at a state mental hospital, David Otto Gluth Jr. went gun shopping.The article goes on to explain that although the federal law is clear, the practice in gun-friendly Alabama is to report only those mental patience that have had a history of gun misuse. I'm sure the NRA and gun-rights advocates support this.
His involuntary commitment in 2008 to Searcy Hospital in Mount Vernon made him ineligible under federal law to have a gun.
The instant background check run by the Bass Pro Shops store in Spanish Fort failed to flag Gluth, however, because Alabama reports only a tiny fraction of mental health commitments to a national database.
Gluth walked out of the sporting goods store Oct. 19 with a shotgun, a rifle and a pistol.
Federal authorities and gun control advocates contend that thousands of potentially unstable mental patients have easy access to guns because Alabama's reporting law is so narrow.
Gluth, 42, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served 18 years in the Army, rising to the rank of major.
He was treated for post-traumatic stress disorder at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and a psychiatrist who attended to him at the AltaPointe Health System in Mobile wrote that Gluth might suffer from bipolar disorder with psychotic features, narcissistic personality traits and a "psychotic disorder not otherwise specified."
What's your opinion? Should Maj. Gluth get a pass because he'd graduated from West Point? There's no information about his military record, but what if he'd been a bona fide war hero? Would that make a difference? Or should all mental patience who've been involuntarily committed forfeit their right to own guns?
What do you think? Please leave a comment.