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Deepest condolences to Jackie and Tim Giago

To the Editor,

I am so sorry to read about this tragedy “Son of Tim Giago’s wife killed in police shooting.”

I wish I had some words that might offer comfort. You and your family will be in my prayers.

I also fear that what you advocate for might hurt more then it helps. If Tribal, State, Federal mental health programs released and published to some federal agency the names of persons simply struggling to cope with something, that then precluded firearms ownership, I fear a number of persons who shouldn’t have their rights to own a firearm might get caught in that net, like a Vet who is having trouble adjusting to civilian life, to be disallowed from firearms ownership.

My biggest fear is that once this became public knowledge how many persons who would benefit from Mental Health Care, would avoid it and “try to suffer through it on their own” for fear of getting the “stigma” of asking for help. Something we already try to convince persons who might be referred to mental health care.

Once again, my deepest condolences and I hope and pray that all the others involved in that shooting as well as the Mission center helping the needy.


Steve Filkins
Pendleton, Oregon

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