VA Treated Aaron Alexis for Serious Mental Illness


Aaron Alexis


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[AP] The gunman in the mass shootings at the Washington Navy Yard had been suffering a host of serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder. He also had been hearing voices in his head. He was being treated at the Veterans’ Administration but his security clearance was not taken away.

The Navy didn’t declare him unfit, a move which would have removed his security clearance.

If having a serious arrest record and hearing voices in your head doesn’t take away security clearance, shouldn’t we take a close look at the protocols on this?

Alexis was allowed to work at five different military facilities.

We were all wondering why, with an arrest record like his, he was given security clearance, but now we have to ask why he kept his security clearance.

Do we need common sense gun laws as President Obama likes to say or do we need common sense?

Friends said Alexis played violent video games 16 hours a day and was obsessed with them. His Buddhist guide said Alexis was very aggressive and believed he would one day kill himself or someone.