The Southborough Board of Health is taking on a new concern: gun safety. The board says they’re approaching the matter from a public health perspective, not a political one. Reports the Metrowest Daily News:
“Guns can be made safer,” he said, both by increasing awareness of better ways to secure them and by increasing societal awareness that firearms and mental illness are a bad combination.
Member Nancy Sacco said the state of mental health care now is “atrocious,” and (Chairman Louis Fazen III) said he plans to talk about signs friends should look for in evaluating someone’s competency to own a gun.
For instance, if someone is having a “rough patch,” he said, friends shouldn’t be shy about voicing concern.
“The friend has to be able to say, ‘You’ve got guns at home and you’re not doing well right now,'” he said.
Fazen will be delivering a presentation on firearm safety at the Southborough Library next week. You can read more about the board’s discussion in this article by the MWDN.