August 18, 2016 11:48 pm -

Actor Tom Arnold has an issue with the NRA and it’s personal.

In an essay written for The Hollywood Reporter, Arnold makes an impassioned plea to enact new gun laws that might have prevented his nephew’s death.

It turns out that Spencer was discharged from the army after attempting suicide, and Arnold also says that he “was diagnosed as chronically depressed and unsafe around weapons.”


Despite this, Spencer managed to legally buy five different guns because there is no way to run a background check on someone’s mental health history when they go to buy a gun.

Because of this, Arnold is endorsing a new piece of legislation that’s been drawn up by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

“They had the very bill I wanted before Congress, as well as a bill fixing the gun show loophole,” Arnold writes of his meeting with the campaign. “The Brady Bill was great, but gun shows and the internet have changed the picture since 1993, so we just want to update things. No guns for the mentally ill until they are treated (the last two cop killers in the headlines were former military with PTSD; once you serve this country, you deserve follow-up mental and physical health checkups every year for the rest of your life). No guns for domestic abusers, violent felons or people on the terrorist watch list, and background checks for everybody.”



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.