As Military Suicides Rise, Focus Is on Private Weapons

With nearly half of all suicides in the military having…

With nearly half of all suicides in the military having been committed with privately owned firearms, the Pentagon and Congress are moving to establish policies intended to separate at-risk service members from their personal weapons.

The issue is a thorny one for the Pentagon. Gun rights advocates and many service members fiercely oppose any policies that could be construed as limiting the private ownership of firearms.

But as suicides continue to rise this year, senior Defense Department officials are developing a suicide prevention campaign that will encourage friends and families of potentially suicidal service members to safely store or voluntarily remove personal firearms from their homes.

“This is not about authoritarian regulation,” said Dr. Jonathan Woodson, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. “It is about the spouse understanding warning signs and, if there are firearms in the home, responsibly separating the individual at risk from the firearm.”

Read more at The New York Times

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  • The General Officers and shrinks still don’t get it. The way to bring a man back off the edge of the cliff isn’t to take away his sense of self-worth and your trust in him. The PROPER WAY to bring him back is to look him in the eye and tell him right to his face that you trust him, you’re counting on him and you’re there to help him through his struggles. Only a man that has been there can relate. Those that have been there and done that can help those looking over the cliff.

  • Jeff

    I don’t belive it is the guns fault that someone kills themself. If they really want to do it, they will find a way, hanging, drug overdose, step out in front of a bus. We need to stop blaming guns, and find the real reason that they want to die.