My mother submitted a letter to the editor back in 2003.
She died 3/11/2012.
I attended the psychiatric review board hearing later that year that released my brother’s murderer.
She is still guilty but no longer insane. She was a prohibitive possessor of a weapon at the time of the murder. I don’t know if all of her rights to weapons are now restored. I am sure that she will remain in contact with people who have access to weapons. She obtained the weapons that killed my brother (Brian Hansen) from her father in Tucson, returned to Phoenix, called Brian to reconcile their relationship and then tied him at gunpoint and murdered him. The Arizona laws regarding prohibited possessors do not need to be changed, only enforced. Following written notification, persons who are in contact with a prohibitive possessor should be held liable for unlawful acts involving weapons if they did not exercise due diligence to prevent access to the weapons by a prohibitive possessor in the course of a criminal act. A designation of prohibitive possessor should be as easy for anyone to access as a record of traffic violations from a county online search. I will be turning over my brother’s own weapon to the Phoenix police for destruction this weekend, now that I am sure it will be destroyed and before that law changes. In honor of my mother and this Mother’s Day it is my gift to all mothers that their child will not be killed by this weapon.