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A father wants a gun even though his son is on psych meds. Any advice? [View all]

By Christina Vercelletto for Parenting.com

Three weeks ago, I was printing out an Amazon receipt for a tennis racket. When I grabbed it from my home printer, there was another sheet underneath: A New York State gun license application. Signed by my husband.

My head was spinning, because although I was reading the words, it just didn't make sense.

The application asked whether he'd ever been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. It didn't ask whether anyone else in his household had.

I texted him: "WTF gun license??? Have u lost ur friggin mind!??"

It took him a few minutes to reply, during which I stared at the phone, waiting to read something that explained the incomprehensible.

"Calm down are u going to let me talk??"

My hands were shaking. What was happening? John is the most un-macho man you can imagine. He doesn't follow a single professional sport, preferring instead "Restaurant Impossible" or "The Voice." At parties, he finds more to talk about with the women than the men. He trolls recipe websites, trying to improve his formula for vegetable soup or baked clams. He goes to Bible study every Thursday. He has never once in the 20 years I've known him mentioned a gun. The visual of him packing heat is absurd.

I finally typed: "hope u r prepared to shoot me, only way u r bringing into

Our 13-year-old son, Aden, takes two psychiatric meds for depression and anxiety. He has ADHD and Tourette's syndrome. Asperger's was suspected, then rejected. Nobody seems to be able to give us an exact diagnosis, but he has virtually no friends his age. On his recent birthday, he received four Facebook greetings, which in the world of FB may as well be a negative number. He hates school because he is picked on. He spends a lot of time in his room.
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The rest of the discussion:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/parentingcom/my-husband-wants-a-gun-son-has-mental-illness_b_2498448.html

That father has a dangerous belief in his ability to control his son. Kids without problems can be tempted to break rules. And as the mother said, who knows what that kid is really processing.
Smh.....

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