Texas' state run psychiatric hospitals are now gun friendly

An unintentional oversight in a new Texas law, enabling open-carry advocates to make the world even more dangerous, has opened up Texas state run psychiatric hospitals to guns. Formerly even law enforcement officers would lock up their guns before entering, now everyone is free to defend themselves.

This from the Austin American-Statesman:

Licensed gun owners can now bring their firearms into Texas’ 10 state psychiatric hospitals.

Before the state’s new open carry law went into effect, guns were banned at those state facilities. No one — visitors, deliverymen and the like — could bring firearms anywhere on campus. Even local law enforcement officers, who were already allowed to bring their weapons into the facilities, regularly lock up their guns before entering Austin State Hospital out of an abundance of caution.

Now visitors can bring guns into the buildings where patients live. Employees are still prohibited from bringing them on campus.

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  1. "What could possibly go wrong?"

  2. I worked food service at a hospital. Our department got written up for sending real silverware or china up to a psychiatric ward whether a patient got their hands on it or not. Same with aluminum cans. We always did the psychiatric ward meals either first or last to make sure that we were consistently switching out for the different plates and cutlery precisely once so there weren't any screwups.

    But guns... I guess that's okay.

  3. What you weren't aware of is that in Texas, the patients of a psych ward are legally considered "a well-regulated militia" for the purposes of the 2nd Amendment.

  4. ok, the thing we have to worry about here obviously is if one crazed inmate gets a hold of a gun and starts shooting the other inmates. The best way to prevent this happening is to arm all the inmates equally - the only thing that stops a bad person having a psychotic episode with a gun is a good person having a psychotic episode with a gun.

  5. Totally true. I thought I was cray cray, so i decided to 'take a vacation' to clear my head and talk to professionals.

    Holy crap were my eyes opened.

    Every. Single. Person was self destructive. Noone wanted to hurt anyone else, but themselves. On the one hand it was extremely cathartic to see how others struggled. On the other hand it reinforced that while I'm a crazy mutant... I'm not that far gone.

    Honestly, I suggest that most people should spend a little time in inpatient, or group, or a 12 step program, even if you are a model citizen. It will have an empathetic lasting effect.

    Eta

    And to bring it back around, firearms are beyond useless in mental health or addiction facilities. Even the thought of them outside or in a locker is enough to bring on extreme anxiety attacks.

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