I worry a lot about mentally ill people with guns
Posted By: execUTEioner
Date: Thursday 8 November 2018, at 12:44 pm
I have a friend who I have known for over 20 years. I have never known him to have mental issues until about 4 years ago when his wife divorced him. Since then his behavior has been extremely strange and worrisome. He can't hold a steady job. He has extreme anxiety and paranoia. He's bounced around from place to place and usually get's kicked out due to his behavior. Just a few examples of his craziness over the past few years:
- He thinks there are hidden cameras in places such as his truck radio or dashboard. He covers things that he thinks are cameras with tape or chewed gum
- He had surgery as a result of a fractured vertebrae form a car accident. He was given a bone stimulator device to help with the healing and was convinced that it was jacking with his brain. I tried an experiment where I covered the lights on the device and put it on him and didn't tell him if it was on or off. He couldn't tell when it was on or off. He also thought the automatic doors at stores were interfering with the screws in his vertebrae.
- He often thinks people are stealing from him. Even ridiculous things like he was convinced that someone was breaking into his truck and stealing scoops of protein powder. He often misplaces his wallet or keys and thinks that somebody broke in and stole them, etc.
- He takes adderall (which I believe exacerbates his paranoia) and often accuses people of stealing his meds. (when he's just running out before the end of the month)
- He thinks his coworkers are conspiring against him. He had a job at the U doing maintenance for a few months and thought his coworkers were messing with him and would talk about how he was going to kick the one guys ass if he didn't stop. He was eventually fired because he texted photos of his guns to the said co-workers.
- He constantly thinks he's been hacked. He gets new email addresses and new phones because he thinks he's been hacked. He thinks people listen in on his calls. His truck had an issue where the fuel pump wouldn't shut off and his battery would be dead overnight and thought somebody was hacking his truck. He thought someone had a 'remote kill switch" for his truck
- He thinks when people cough or clear their throats that they are doing it to mess with him.
I could do another 100 bullet points of similar, crazy stories. He owns an AR-15 type semi-automatic rifle and a semi-auto 9mm hand gun and keeps them in his truck. He sometimes has violent fantasies about people who he thinks has slighted him, such as beating up a co-worker that he thinks is messing with him or catching someone breaking into his truck and killing them. I have never specifically heard him threaten anything about using his guns (the texting a photo to his coworkers is the closest, which he claimed was just a joke).
I really believe his paranoia and anxiety affect his judgement to the point that he shouldn't be anywhere around guns. I've offered to buy them from him (when he was desperate for money) but he would chose homelessness before he gave them up. He most likely will end up homeless unless he gets some kind of therapy, but he no interest.
Once, when he was having a particularly bad mental break I tried to get him to check into the neuropsych institute but he wouldn't. I was able to get him to talk to someone on the crisis line once but that's about it.
When I see a shooting on the news sometimes I check the name to see if it's him. If he goes dark for a long time I check the inmate rosters for the local jails. What else can I do?
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