Skip to comments.Mother Begs Gun Retailer to Stop Sending Catalogs to Mentally Ill Son
Posted on 03/07/2013 10:40:56 PM PST by Daffynition
A Norwalk mother says one of the countrys top gun retailers, Cheaper Than Dirt!!, has been sending her underage son gun catalogs after he ordered them online, despite her repeated requests for them to stop.
She says her son is mentally unwell and, since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, she is concerned. To protect her family, NBC Connecticut has concealed her identity. For the story, we will call her Amy.
I can't get a gun company to stop sending my 15-year-old son catalogs, Amy said. The things that happened in Newtown are happening in my home. I have a kid with issues, and he's fascinated with guns.
Amy told NBC Connecticut she discovered the first Cheaper Than Dirt! catalog in her mailbox at home in late December, about 10 days after the shooting in Newtown.
I saw there were guns all over the front and flipped it over and I saw it was addressed to my 15-year-old son, she said.
Her son, who has been diagnosed with ADHD and has criteria to be bipolar and sociopathic, told her he had requested it.
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>>To mitigate harm, parents should closely monitor what their kids are exposed to.<<
Especially plastic soldiers on top of cupcakes!
As a customer, I can personally endorse Cheaper Than Dirt - great prices on ammo!
I’m sure you have a psychosis you’re not telling us about. :)
Did Cheaper Than Dirt do a background check on the kid when he requested the Catalog?
If the kid can surf the Internet, I’m sure he sees a whole lot of stuff worse than pictures of Guns.
Perhaps the idiot Mother should cancel their Internet Access Provider.
This Nation is full of nothing but idiotic whiners looking for their 15 minutes of fame. Me, me, me, just like Obozo.
Sounds like a woman who loves her son and is very responsible.
If I were “Cheaper Than Dirt” (a great outfit BTW) I would make certain no more catalogs were sent.
Let’s send a few prayers up for this good mother and her afflicted son.
Sounds like her kid was sending in multiple catalog requests which is why it was not a simple matter to stop delivery.
People kill people, catalogues don’t.
Gun Retailer Begs Mother to Stop Giving Unfettered Internet Access to Her Mentally Ill Son.
I guess this mom couldn't be bothered. It was just easier to call the news and complain.
I think you nailed it. Not many companies like sending out paper catalogs unless the recipient orders merchandise from them.
We *Nutmeggers* [along w/ the rest of the world] are still awaiting the *report* of the Newtown incident. We’re about to be slammed with all sorts of gun control nonsense this month.
Without any analysis if the Newtown killer’s motives, I’ll take this mother’s *concerns* with a grain of salt. She said she had been successful in keeping the catalogs away from her son. She should continue to monitor. No one said this was easy.
Given the state has eliminated facilities for the mentally ill, released to the streets 3K convicted felons on early release from state prisons...one notion is that parents/care givers of the mentally ill actually hide their subjects from public view for a variety of reasons.
It’s true that families find it difficult to get mental health care for the people who desperately need it. We need reform in mental health care more than gun control.
Yes and h3ll yes! :)
In contrast, I see nothing at all wrong with looking at pictures of guns. They are the means by which freedom and liberty are secured and are an essential part of American history. A responsible parent would use the gun catalog as a means learn about a core foundation of what makes our country great.
Assault Catalogs...assault bullets.
Yup, You nailed it with that one sentence! If the kid is dangerous he needs to be under care.
Guns don't fire themselves....we don't need any further weakening of the bill of rights.
As someone uptread said, take away his iPhone and internet access, if you really care.
She somes across to me, as a useful idiot for the anti crowd.
Now that’s what I call sex on the couch! Awesome.
well parents don’t buy any guns for your son from the catalog!
........and be darn sure he doesn’t have any possible access to your gun safe.
I too am totally perplexed.
So, is this 15 year old so violent that through fear or force he has total control of the mail? His access to the mailbox cannot be stopped by any means his mother can provide? Mailbox lock? PO Box to forward mail? Nothing?
If this mother believes that her son is fully capable of causing another Sandy Hook, she needs to start calling people non stop until she finds either the help or secure facility this kid needs so he doesn’t harm others.
Tear out the tv set. Disconnect the internet. Control the environment to the extent possible.
Am I missing something?
Maybe she is covering all her bases.
Something *bad* happens....and she can say.....*I tried to get help. No one would cooperate with me.*...*It was the evil gun lobby.*
Mom's gonna have even more fun censoring the mail when he finds out about "girls"!
Sounds like the best response yet, Bobalu. I can’t fault her for not wanting to raise a monster, and if she thinks there could be a problem, she knows her kid better than anyone else.
According to the article, the only thing that seems to be wrong with this boy is ADHD and “criteria to be bipolar and sociopathic” (whatever that means).
ADHD is a learning disability, not a mental illness. Heck, most of ADHD is what, in my day, we referred to as “acting like a boy”. If you look at the classic symptoms, you can see them in most MEN in daily life.
So, they hang the stone of an “ADHD” diagnosis around his neck originally as a learning disability and then use that as a basis to say he may be mentally ill. Can anyone else see where this is going?
I don’t know this young man at all and this concern could be well warranted; but, it could also be that the mother, and not the son, is the one in need of help here.
I can’t get a gun company to stop sending my 15-year-old son catalogs,
I can’t get the republican party to quit sending me pleas for money but it’s cool, as long as I own a trash can.
It’s been a while since I’ve looked through a CTD catalog, but I don’t remember seeing guns in one, except airguns. Mostly ammunition and accessories. They might offer black powder guns; I can’t recall for certain.
I’d like to get the kid a subscription to Shotgun News, just to see the mother’s head explode.
Sounds like she’s abdicated her responsibility as a parent and is trying to CYA for fear of future events.
What a setup for internet regulation.
countrys top gun retailers, Cheaper Than Dirt
Its a gun retailer? Ive only seen ammo and accessories.
Where is the kid’s Dad? Dad needs to take charge of this home situation.
You echoed what I suspected above, the apple may not have fallen far from the tree. :)
>> countrys top gun retailers, Cheaper Than Dirt <<
Scary *BLACK* guns; CTD was printing special custom catalogs and sending them to this kid...black ops for the gun lobby.
I am trying picture this phone call:
Mom: “Please please pleeeeeAAAAAAAAAAAAAAase I am begging you, stop sending catalogs”
I am just not seeing it....
We must stamp out thoughtcrime.
Its been a while since Ive looked through a CTD catalog...
Trust me, they now have firearms in them. Lots...
That must be it.
Yes I agree. If this were a company mailing porn to this kid you’d see the same posters taking the other side of the argument.
“Gun Retailer Begs Mother to Stop Giving Unfettered Internet Access to Her Mentally Ill Son.”
Wow I didn’t even go there but thank you! Well Played!
Oh Nos scary gun catalogs. Which the company has agreed to stop sending to both her address and the absent fathers. She cant control her offspring and it is some big evil gun and ammo companies problem. Kid with no discipline acts up in class, school declares him ADD (should be PADD, parent attention deficit diagnosis) so they drug him up rather than deal with problem. Dollars to doughnuts she is collecting Social Security disability for junior. Just seeing her reaction you know the divorce wasnt her fault, her kid is not her fault, the catalogs are not her fault, her inability to stop them isnt her fault, so the government should do something.
Lock the bastard up.
I’m all for free market. But I do believe that (price increases) will haunt them for a long time.
What a frightening picture. I haven’t seen red carpet like that since the 70s...
Where is the kid’s Dad? Dad needs to take charge of this home situation.
Bingo. Probably the same place as Adam Lanza's dad.
ADHD is not a mental illness of the type that would matter. It is an illness that prevents children from concentrating, it doesn’t make them into killers.
This story and this mother does a great disservice to the many children who suffer from ADHD, who have now been labelled sociopaths.
I also don’t know how you have a “tendency to be bipolar”, but that’s a whole other thing.
Why does she have to “beg” them not to send their stuff. She should just call them up with the phone number on the catalog, and tell them to stop sending catalogs to her address.
The police should go over there, she says she has 20 dead 6-year-olds in her house.
Sometimes kids who are more at risk have what we call magical thinking, Saunders said. They don't truly understand the consequences of the things that they're doing.
I assume this mother doesn't have a TV in her house, and doesn't allow her son any internet access, right? Because apparently seeing a gun will magically cause a kid to want to kill people, according to the medical expert......
Someone should tell all those administration types who claim that violent movies and video games don't cause problems -- there seems to be a disconnect here.
seriously, I don't think I'd let my son near this "psychologist" -- she sounds like a quack. Maybe she is treating the boy, and wants an excuse for how poorly he is handling things.
The stigma of mental illness is serious. We don't want to vilify these individuals, children and teenagers and adults. They need our help, they need our support, Saunders said.
More quackery. See, the "stigma" is what hurts them. And so we'll handle it by singling them out, telling the world they have mental illness and can't be trusted, and teach them they they will not survive without our constant care and attention.
Because THAT will certainly make them feel better about themselves.
Again, the boy has "ADHD". Which, contrary to some opinions here, is real, and can be treated (I agree it is way over-diagnosed), but is hardly a "mental illness", it is simply an obstacle to certain abilities, that can be corrected with diet or medicine, like having a low metabolism or needing glasses to see clearly.