The nation was shocked by the violent shooting in Arizona that killed 6 and injured 14 people, including Rep. Garielle Giffords, last Saturday. The event raised several questions on our laws covering the purchase and use of guns and other weapons, on government drug policies
and mental health programs, on the worsening political division in the country, and even on the dangers of drug abuse
It's no surprise there's a link between crime and drug use
. Suspect Jared Lee Loughner has been pictured as a nice kid from Tucson's Mountain View High School who seemed to have transformed into an oddball with serious psychological issues. In fact, when Federal officials released Loughner's mug shot, viewers found it extremely disturbing and creepy as Loughner wore a chilling smile while his photo was taken after the arrest.
Friends say Loughner's demeanor may have changed after he got deep into alcohol and drugs. He was arrested on a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia in 2007. The charges were dropped after he underwent a diversion program. The US Army has also revealed that Loughner actually enlisted in December 2008, but he was rejected due to drug abuse. Initial reports said he failed a drug test
, but a US Army official clarified that he actually admitted that he was a drug user.
Why he was still able to legally purchase the semi-automatic Glock 19 that he allegedly used despite his history of drug use and his mental health is a great cause for concern and is getting attention from lawmakers now seeking tighter federal gun laws.