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As Military Suicides Rise, Focus Is on Private Weapons

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As Military Suicides Rise, Focus Is on Private Weapons

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.



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  1. CaptTurbo

    October 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    If they want to study suicides they should go back and look into the Clinton administration. Seems like anyone who learned much about their doings got very depressed and killed themselves. Happened again and again and again and ….

  2. Johnny Procidano

    October 8, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Looking into privately owned weapons is NOT the problem here. If the military is suicidal by a greater number than before, just maybe it has to do with the manner in which they are being treated. Our government should be asking questions such as what is causing this problem. Why is our military so distraught it has to be killing itself? This sounds like an inside problem.

  3. mathis1689

    October 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Ok let me see if I understand this. We trust someone with a warplane that’s capable of destroying a city or with command of a nuclear submarine that can destroy a nation but we’re worried about them having a privately owned firearm? Pardon me if this sounds like sheer lunacy to me. The problem with military suicides seems to be an internal issue that isn’t going to be resolved without getting down to the root causes of why this is going on. Until then firearms whether government issued or not is the least of their problems.

  4. marcdepiolenc

    October 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    You just can’t make this stuff up! If a fiction writer had put this in a novel, readers would have tossed the book away because it’s just too implausible to believe, even in the context of fiction – the military trying to separate warriors from weapons! This is a new low in imbecility. If soldiers, sailors and airmen are taking their own lives in larger numbers, the policymakers should be examining their own actions, not focusing on the symptoms. Next they’ll be checking medicine cabinets, confiscating vehicles to avoid CO asphyxiation…

    • Jim

      October 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Sounds like that Obanyan, wants, not only all Ameica to not,Not have guns ,but is seriously thinking about disrming American Military ,GOT IT !!! SO AMERICA CAN’T FIGHT BACK AND THEY ARE CONQUERED ,EASLY !!! No obama next year or anyother time in America No Clintons, in America either !!!! SIMPLE NO GUNS NO RESISTANCE TO A TAKEOVE BY HOSTILE FORCES !!!LETS MARCH ON THE WHITE HOUSE TO MAKE OBAMA LEAVE,RESIGN ,RESIGN NOW !!!

  5. rhubarb

    October 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Aside from military members who are “suicided” because they know too
    much, the number one problem as far as military suicides go is that approximately 2/3 of the military are on some type of psychotropic drug–usually multiple psychotropic drugs. Anti-depressants, anti-anxiety meds, etc. I did an unbelievable amount of research on this following my own daughter’s suicide. The entire library of psychotropic drugs is actually designed to create the very symptoms that they are supposed to control. Then when things get bad you have to take a higher dose or switch to different drugs. The whole point of these drugs is to make you a lifetime consumer of the drugs. The highest incidence of suicide occurs when someone tries to go off the drugs. The “street drugs” that were prevalent in the Vietnam War are not anywhere near as dangerous as the stuff that big pharma puts out. So the scenario plays out that the military shrinks give drugs to everyone to help them deal with combat. Then when they are no longer in combat they try to go off the drugs. Then they either kill themselves or they can be labled with PTSD and the government then has a “legitimate reason” to separate them from their weapons. After all, when it all comes crashing down, they don’t want weapons in the hands of people who are trained to use them.

  6. fliteking

    October 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    In the eyes of a liberal Gun Control trumps saving a life. Everytime.

  7. JIM

    October 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    IF you are concerned about our Military Personell ,Call your SENATORS NOW !!! I’ll BE THE FRIST AFTER Leaveing this Comment, I”ll go To my Phone numbers of the Senators and demand that our Men and Wmen in uniform be brought Home !! Do it now !!In the meanwhile Pray for Our FOLKS ,THese are Not OBAMA KIDS AND REALITIVES ,Obama DOESN’T CARE about YOU or OUR MILITARY PERSONELL ,LOOK AT THE AMBASSODOR IN LIBAY ,HE KNEW ABOUT IT AND DID NOTHING !!! VOTE, OBAMA OUT ,HE ISN”T WORTHY TO BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF AMERICA !!

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