April 4, 2014 1:29 pm -

Fort Hood Shooter Ivan Lopez was being evaluated for PTSD. Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, senior officer at Fort Hood, said, “We have very strong evidence that he had a medical history that indicates unstable psychiatric or psychological condition.We believe that to be a fundamental, underlying cause.”

Go down the list of recent tragedies and mental illness is almost always a factor: The Newtown shooter, the Aurora, Colorado shooter, the man who shot Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and the first shooter who committed murder at Fort Hood five years ago.

How about a mental health check before someone gets a gun? Mandatory. And if you’re a parent of a mentally ill child allowed anywhere near a gun, and that gun is used in a crime, hold the parents accountable.

It’s only a matter of time until the next time.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.