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Roughly seven months since making an imaginably difficult decision, on Monday evening Piers Morgan invited Bill and Tricia Lammers to offer their unique, first-hand perspective on guns and mental health.
Last November, the Lammers' son Blaec was arrested, and presently faces three felony counts: first degree assault, making a terrorist threat, and armed criminal action. And it was Bill and Tricia that alerted authorities.
Fearful their son would take his own life – or harm others – after discovering a receipt for an assault weapon, the Lammers made the only choice they could:
"Our intention was not to go have Blake arrested. Our intention was to warn the local authorities that our son, who everybody knew, because he'd been in and out of the hospital several times, now has an AR-15 in his possession," Bill explained to the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "We didn't know that he was going to be picked up and the confession and the plot that he had told the detective, we didn't know anything about that, we just wanted to warn the authorities that we thought it was unsafe for our son to have this weapon out in the community."
Despite suffering from depression for many years, Blaec never received a clear diagnosis. The day she spoke up about her son, Tricia's only goal was to protect him:
"In 2009 he wrote a letter saying that he was sorry that he was a failure, and sorry to disappoint us, and he went to Walmart because he wanted the police to shoot him, because he didn't want to live any more," she told Morgan. "When you find a receipt that your son has bought a weapon, the first thing you think is, your son is going to take his life. So, I went to the authorities, because I didn't want to lose my son. And heaven forbid, I didn't want my son to hurt anybody in the process of him taking his life, and I do believe that was his intention, is my son wanted to die. So I had to do what I did as a mother to save my son."
For Blaec's dad, the message for any family dealing with mental health is simple: "Don't hide it."
"I would say [to] every other parent, if you see the warning signs in your child, and they have access to weapons, something needs to be done," said Bill. "Step up and do the right thing, don't just sit back and turn the other cheek and let it happen."
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