8/14/2011: Watch me as I shoot myself in the head. NRA! NRA! NRA!

http://www.adn.com/2011/08/16/2017906/game-leads-to-shooting-death-in.html  But it’s a good thing that so many people can own guns, because of all of the crime they’re preventing.  Nothing to see here, just the opposite of what you’re always being told by the NRA, gun owners.

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  1. Someone essentially commits suicide (what else can you call putting a loaded gun against your head and pulling the trigger?) and you want to exploit the senseless tragedy for political gain, while mocking the victim? Classy.

    Over the past two years, a fifth of suicides in Alaska were caused by hanging and another fifth were caused by poisoning — so why aren’t you campaigning against ropes and pain killers? A majority — of all causes — were linked to substance abuse. So, why not blame the booze?

    While firearms remain a popular way to commit suicide in Alaska, if you remove firearms from the mix, unfortunately people find other ways to end their lives. Studies have shown that there is a strong “substitution effect.” The National Academy of Sciences concluded:
    “Some gun control policies may reduce the number of gun suicides, but they have not yet been shown to reduce the overall risk of suicide in any population. That is, with citizen disarmament, fewer people kill themselves with guns — but instead, they jump off cliffs, hang themselves, and so on. I don’t really care about the difference between someone shooting themselves and jumping off a cliff — I see every suicide, regardless of the specific method used, as a tragedy.

    Alaska has a problem with suicide. Figuring out ways to help people with substance abuse, getting mental health services out, stopping cycles of domestic violence (“Choose Respect,” for example) — those are all things that might actually help, and they are appropriate places to focus energy. Attacking the inanimate objects that people choose to use to end their lives and then mocking the people who needed help the most? That seems much less helpful, and in fact, wastes valuable political capital and energy, detracting from efforts to actually do something that might help address the epidemic of suicide in our state.

    https://extranet.dhss.alaska.gov/sites/stopsuicide/Pages/Research.aspx
    http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10881&page=184

    • Show me a gun that can be used in place of a rope. Show me a gun that can help people with arthritis feel better. Gun owners such as yourself seem incapable of discussing the utility of guns versus the utility of other things that can kill a person.

      I can show you where guns are not preventing crime, but actually helping make it easier to commit successfully. I can show you where guns are being used to make our society worse, not better.

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