There has been a lot of coverage and discussion about gun violence – and rightfully so.
But there are a whole other group of gun victims that are out of the discussion: Suicides.
In 2010, there were 31,000 suicides in America. At least 19,000 were accomplished with a gun. Suicide rates are rising so fast that they now outnumber deaths in car accidents.
This post is not intended in anyway to be exhaustive on suicide or to push for gun control because of suicide. I am merely pointing out the continued link between mental illness and gun violence. Washington is concerned about guns. I am concerned with the growing mental suffering and the question “why?”
author’s note: I often write what is close to me. My 14 year old son committed suicide in 2012 although he did not use a gun.