but she's not mentally stable enough for it. She really is the type that would end up getting herself killed. Or, she'd wave it around to show that she's tough (she's not) and would get herself arrested. Or, she'd tell everyone on the earth she has it and her apartment would get broken in and it would get stolen.
Mom makes very bad decisions, especially when she's in a hurry and has to make a decision quickly. She wants to be able to open her door and confront any possible burglars rather than stay in her room and call the police. I really think that an intruder would just walk up, grab it out of her hands, and kill her with it.
I understand that my mom is getting older and is concerned about her safety, but her owning a gun is really a bad idea due to her mental health issues. Lately, she has gotten very confrontational with strangers, like telling off someone in a parking lot because she doesn't like the way they parked, and things like that. It's like she's itching for trouble, but she really isn't. She's just lost her common sense as she's gotten older.
What can I do?