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Last year, Bill and Tricia Lammers turned in their own son [Blaec] for fear that he could become the next face of a deadly mass shooting. On Monday, the Lammer’s joined “Piers Morgan Live” to discuss their role in preventing gun violence within a broken system.
Like so many other mass killings that have taken place over the past few months and years, Tricia points to inefficiencies in the mental health system as a potential source:
“Blaec has been hospitalized seven times. It started in 2008 when he was diagnosed with depression. At each hospital visit they diagnosed him with something different. They would change his medicine, they would keep him on the same medicine. We never really had a correct and steady diagnosis. It was something different each and every time. And sometimes the medicine would affect him in different ways, make him manic, make him more depressed, make him suicidal, make him homicidal.”
Though their son had been committed to mental health facilities on multiple occasions - including one instance following a 2009 attempted assault on a Walmart employee - none of the stays were court ordered. This loophole helps explain why Blaec was able to legally buy an assault rifle.
In 2012, Tricia found a receipt for the weapon in Blaec’s pocket while doing laundry. In a heroic act of bravery, she and Bill turned to the police in hopes of preventing a pending tragedy. Bill explains that it was his only option:
“There's no way that I think America should allow this to continue to happen. Seven times in a hospital, going to the same Walmart that he ... was carried out in handcuffs earlier with a butcher knife, and he can legally go in there, put the money on the counter, pass a background test, buy a weapon and ammunition. And be handed that rifle ... Something is wrong with that system. As a matter of fact I would say the system is totally broken.”
Shark week seems to have come early at "Piers Morgan Live." On Monday, the host asked Jeff Corwin to offer his analysis on the heels of two legendary shark encounters, both of which Piers Morgan featured recently on his show.
Corwin, as a nature and animal conservationist, understands the importance of maintaining boundaries between humans and these majestic creatures. While he can appreciate Chris Kreis’s enthusiasm at seeing a whale shark, his decision to jump in the water, and onto the whale shark, may have put the animal in danger:
“They have a very thin, almost like slimy layer, a mucus layer on their skin. When that rubs off, it actually can expose them to bacteria,” he explained. “And we also need to remember what this animal is doing. These animals move to the surface for one specific reason. And that is to filter feed. And they're burning energy to get energy. And when we interfere with their feeding activities, it could be detrimental.”
In response to the three men who hooking the biggest shark ever, and the praise they received after – including from the "Piers Morgan Live" host himself – Corwin noted that “when we vilify [sharks], it makes it a lot easier to unsustainably exploit them.”