After their opening remarks at the December 2018 Mental Health America Regional Policy Conference, Mike and Rob answer questions from some of the attendees.

In this clip, one attendee spoke about the importance of finding common ground and reducing the level of “accusation” or stigma forced upon either the gun community or those living with mental illnesses of any kind. Another attendee asked about background checks and the issue of mental health caregivers dealing with laws requiring them to report certain things in regard to a patient’s potential danger to others, “duty to warn”.

In part two of the Q&A, attendees bring up issues around risk for suicide in the population of middle-aged white males and problems with inaction by the authorities prior to the killings in Parkland, Florida. Mike and Rob offer some perspective on the way those issues are seen from within the firearms and training communities as well as some of what they and WTTA are doing to address them.