Friday, April 10, 2009

When religion meets mental illness

This story is too bizarre and horrific for words. Religion (which some say is a mental illness already) combined with someone who is truly mentally ill can have terrible outcomes. Of course, the Christers will say that it was the devil who made her do it.

Mom kills son, then self at shooting range
‘I had to send my son to heaven and myself to Hell,’ suicide note says

Family members found the audio tapes and three suicide notes late Monday and gave them to police.

“I’m sorry to do this in your place of business, but I had to save my son,” one message said. “God made me a queen and I failed. I’m a fallen angel. He turned me into the anti-Christ.”

Moore said she could have killed only herself but felt she had to “save” her son and do it in a public way so the world could also be saved. “Hopefully when I die, there will 1,000 years of peace.”

Larry Anderson, a manager at Shoot Straight, said it’s unclear whether the Moores had been to the range before, but they weren’t regular customers. The range requires that customers fill out a form with a series of questions, including whether they have ever been convicted of a felony or been declared mentally unstable. But it has no way to verify the information.

Anderson defended the range’s policies, saying: “If someone acts right, we have to assume they are right.”

Yeah, just keep putting those guns in the hands of crazy people. After all, they “look” alright. It seems that some things need to change as far as screening folks who come in to shoot loaded weapons even at a shooting range, in the best interest of safety of all who go there.

1 comment:

tina FCD said...

If I knew my mom had mental problems, I would probably of stayed away from the shooting range with her.