Shooting suspect's father: son 'heard voices'

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The Deer Creek Middle School shooting suspect's father calls his son "different," but he doesn't understand why he would do what he's accused of doing. Full Story
slcgirl

Littleton, CO

#1 Feb 24, 2010
This story doesn't make sense?????
Smith

Englewood, CO

#2 Feb 24, 2010
C,mon Dad, 30+ year old living at home, hearing voices, prior issues with police and threats, financial issues and you didn't see it fit to lock your firearms. Shame on you, it's idiot gun owners, like you, that give responsible gun owners, like me, a bad name. Why didn't you call the Hudson police or any other number of responsible agencies and tell them you need help with your mentally stumped "child" Damn, I shouldn't have to write this but to all gun owners of the nation, if your grown child still lives at home at thirty, hears voices, and has had issues with the police, please for the sake of the public and responsible gun owners "Lock up your guns, use a safe, trigger lock, pad lock, hide the bolt or the clips, whatever it takes to keep your man child from taking his failures of life out on us.

A Nightmare Indeed

El Paso, TX

#3 Feb 24, 2010
Smith I totally agree with you.
Leta

Denver, CO

#4 Feb 24, 2010
Wondering why he went 50 miles out of his way to target this school and why was he able to just walk in the school and what did he say to one of the staff? Lots of questions!! Please get well Matt-you are a cutie....
Tanya

Gillette, WY

#5 Feb 24, 2010
Smith, I also agree with you.
Steve

Murrieta, CA

#6 Feb 24, 2010
Perhaps it is time to consider gun control!

Since: Dec 09

Englewood, CO

#7 Feb 24, 2010
Here's another agreement with Smith...I'm not a gun owner, but have been trained with several guns. Regardless of whether or not someone is hearing voices, or 30 years old, or 3 years old, responsible owners will do everything you just said. A simple $15 trigger lock (or even taking the bolt and putting it in your glove compartment!) could have prevented this.
Golbez

Missoula, MT

#8 Feb 24, 2010
Hang him.

Since: Sep 07

Golden

#9 Feb 24, 2010
Leta wrote:
Wondering why he went 50 miles out of his way to target this school and why was he able to just walk in the school and what did he say to one of the staff? Lots of questions!! Please get well Matt-you are a cutie....
He went there, apparently. He is in their yearbook.

Anybody hear if Matt is stable yet?

Good posts. I grew up with guns, my Dad owned a sporting goods store. Stuff happens. Be a responsible gun owner. This "Dad" is going to get sued. There is a two-year old bench warrant out for his kid, he had to know. Bye, bye, ranch.

Since: Feb 10

Parker, CO

#10 Feb 24, 2010
He'll hear lots of voices now "Bend over boy!"
tortminder

Mount Prospect, IL

#11 Feb 24, 2010
Steve wrote:
Perhaps it is time to consider gun control!
Gun control only works with sane and law-abiding people. Chicago, New York and Washington DC have the strictest gun control laws in the nation, yet they lead the nation in gun crimes. The thing is that the politicians have to "do something" while they don;t have a clue as to what to do,so they regulate things that have no bearing on solving the problem.

The perpetrator of this crime is obviously impaired. The parent of this person was aware that he was impaired, yet did little or nothing to take steps to prevent what was a preventable tragedy. The shooter should be put into a facility that will deal with his mental illness. The father of the shooter should be held legally responsible for the crime and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Gun owners, just like the rest of society, come in all shapes, sizes.mental capacity and levels of responsibility. As someone in this thread already said, this "father" gives responsible and sane gun owners unnecessary grief.
littleton

Denver, CO

#14 Feb 24, 2010
I agree with all in this one, especially Smith and tortminder...gun control isn't the issue, allowing idiots to own guns ( see " suspect's father ) is the problem. I've hunted for years, never dreamed of having an unlocked gun in my home..
should televise a hanging...maybe that would send a message thats louder than the " voices" to the rest of the knuckle draggers in this society
GANDER

Denver, CO

#15 Feb 24, 2010
Steve wrote:
Perhaps it is time to consider gun control!
Your right... We do need gun control! It's time for teachers to be trained and allowed to carry firearms on school grounds. This sort of thing would STOP!
Roxane England

Aurora, CO

#16 Feb 24, 2010
I want to thank Leland Vittert for his story about mental health care in Colorado. I have been a psychiatric nurse for 21 years and have seen Colorado continue to shut the doors to care on people diagnosed with a severe mental illness. Thank you, I agree the way Colorado serves this population is sad and dangerous.

Since: Dec 09

Sedalia, colo.

#17 Feb 24, 2010
Smith wrote:
C,mon Dad, 30+ year old living at home, hearing voices, prior issues with police and threats, financial issues and you didn't see it fit to lock your firearms. Shame on you, it's idiot gun owners, like you, that give responsible gun owners, like me, a bad name. Why didn't you call the Hudson police or any other number of responsible agencies and tell them you need help with your mentally stumped "child" Damn, I shouldn't have to write this but to all gun owners of the nation, if your grown child still lives at home at thirty, hears voices, and has had issues with the police, please for the sake of the public and responsible gun owners "Lock up your guns, use a safe, trigger lock, pad lock, hide the bolt or the clips, whatever it takes to keep your man child from taking his failures of life out on us.
Quit whining!!!He did alert them, How much of a "Nanny-State", do you, as a "Supposed" Gun Owner want? "Use a safe, trigger lock, pad lock, hide the bolt or clips", put yer ammo in a house 2 miles away, don,t tell anyone ya own a gun, HIDE!!"
It WASN,T The Fathers" FAULT!! The Kid was NUTS, and there ain,t NUTHIN you can do about it! GIT OVER IT!!! Stuff happens and ya can,t git away from it. It,s called LIFE!




Since: Dec 09

Sedalia, colo.

#18 Feb 24, 2010
Roxane England wrote:
I want to thank Leland Vittert for his story about mental health care in Colorado. I have been a psychiatric nurse for 21 years and have seen Colorado continue to shut the doors to care on people diagnosed with a severe mental illness. Thank you, I agree the way Colorado serves this population is sad and dangerous.

Again, "Nanny-State" might work fer you, but, it doesn,t work for the majority. Get REAL, Get Responsible fer yer own actions, Get back to what are fore-fathers brought into this great country, and git OFF yer, "Government will take care of us mentality!

I,ll bet a dollar to 100 dollars you are Government employed!?
abee

Boulder, CO

#19 Feb 24, 2010
Corneaterman wrote:
He'll hear lots of voices now "Bend over boy!"
I think you need to really think about what you're saying. Wow - do I ever dislike what you wrote. I wonder if you've ever been a bully?!! I work with them and this is very familiar. Please think about it.
abee

Boulder, CO

#20 Feb 24, 2010
karl42 wrote:
<quoted text>
This father knew his son was hearing voices and was disturbed and wanted, but did nothing but leave his firearm assessable to this nut.
This father should be locked up and held accountable for the injuries and trauma these young people will live with for the rest of their lives.
I say lock them both up for life with no parole.


I agree that the trauma and injuries are horrible!!! Those children will be affected by this for the rest of their lives. However, I disagree with you about the father being locked up and held accountable for his son's actions. I believe he tried to get help for his son and was unable to do so. It is wrong of you to blame the father for what the son did. I disagree strongly.
booger

Denver, CO

#21 Feb 25, 2010
this guy's parents should have known to keep dangerous weapons away and locked up from your "children" grown or otherwise--mentally disturbed or not

Since: Feb 10

Parker, CO

#22 Feb 25, 2010
abee wrote:
<quoted text> I think you need to really think about what you're saying. Wow - do I ever dislike what you wrote. I wonder if you've ever been a bully?!! I work with them and this is very familiar. Please think about it.
Really? Really? By "with them" what do you mean? Homicidal maniacs or the schizophrenic? According to Tom Cruise, psychology is a pseudoscience. Are you on team Cole Trickle or team Hannibal Lecter?(never a bully, always a protector)

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