Fri Oct 6, 2017 12:54pm

I have an adult student who informed me last lesson, he bought his first gun.

He has serious anger management issues. He becomes red faced with hysteria at any correction. He sits still and seethes, lips pursed and being bitten with pressure, staring down at the keys, body increasingly tense and rigid. He can barely control himself. I have seen him hit my piano. He is about "done." He recently lost his job when he was corrected by his boss, and apparently went off on him. He should not own a gun. But apparently he sailed through the background check procedure with no trouble. If I was asked, I would have said absolutely he should not own a gun. Perhaps that is a flaw in background checks- not asking references. Or asking the wrong references. Perhaps employers should be asked. Teachers too.

I bet my last employer would say I should not own a gun. Not because of anger management, but "poor judgement." Others would not share in than assessment, which is why more than one is necessary. If one red flag is raised, then perhaps that ought trigger more references. If a trend is established, that could help the decision. But there are always exceptions.

I had a gun. Got rid of it. I don't need one, and don't want one. No need for me to be armed.

  • Pick someone you know that you would consider reasonably safe to own and operate a firearm. Now, ask yourself. Does that person suddenly become LESS safe because they own two guns instead of one?... more
    • Example — Pikes, Fri Oct 6 12:54pm
      • Do not cut off his lessons and send him awayPH👏🏾👏🏾EY, Fri Oct 6 1:02pm
        toooo abruptly. Ease him out. How? Suggestions: You have "gone out of business." "Moving." "Bad news from your physician." "House has been condemned." "Piano was repossessed." A friend of mine has a... more
      • But I'll play... So, is that individual LESS dangerous to the people around him if he has 4 guns instead of 8?
        • Absolutely not. Sia☺giah, Fri Oct 6 11:39pm
          My husband owns a bazillion firearms. Once upon a time, he only owned two. He is not more nor less "dangerous" now than when he only owned two. The volume of firearms one owns is NOT indicative of... more
        • Well it depends.PH👀EY, Fri Oct 6 6:49pm
          If one is an out of shape 64 year old, maybe 4. And that is pushing it. Somehow the Patsy "thought" he would be of greater virility if he lugged into the snipers' lairs 24 heavy fully automatics. But ... more