Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay Warren, recently spoke to CNN's Piers Morgan about their son Matthew's suicide via a self-inflicted gun shot in April.
Kay said Matthew had asked his parents numerous times to help him buy a gun, but they refused. Rick added that they were "grateful" to California's gun laws for keeping firearms out of their son's hands, noted Mediaite.com (video below).
However, Matthew ended up buying a gun on the Internet, a huge loophole in gun laws, and shooting himself. The couple recalled how they discovered their son's suicide (video below).
The Warrens said they knew about Matthew’s online gun purchase, but were told by their son that he would kill himself if they called the police.
“What if, knowing he’d acquired an illegal gun, you had reported that to the authorities. You’ve already said, Kay, that he always said ‘If you call the police, I’ll kill myself,' so obviously an incredibly difficult what if, but do you think that it could have made any difference?” asked Morgan (video below).
“Absolutely,” Rick answered, but Kay replied “No, I don’t."
“I don’t think it would have made any difference in the fact that if you are determined, you’re going to figure out a way to take your life,” added Rick.
"Sitting here in this moment, it’s very clinical. We can second guess all over the place, but in that moment when you have a mentally ill person who’s telling you they’re going to take their life, and it’s your son and you don’t want him to take his life, the choices, mental illness creates such horrendous choices for families,” stated Kay.