Save a Life– Either Your Own or a Friend’s.

There has been controversy over gun violence killing people, but one of the comparative statistics is that 11,208 people died from firearm homicide,(

while firearm suicides are double that– 21,175 (


One of the problems is that many who own guns really like their guns, and don’t want anyone taking them away– even a friend holding it for them until they feel better. I am not going to step into the buzz saw of that argument. Instead, I am going to offer a life saving tip that came from someone who owned a gun and was thinking about suicide. He didn’t really want to die, but he also didn’t want to give up his gun. As so often happens in cases like this, he was alone, isolated, felt that there was no one he could talk to, and it was the middle of the night. Then in a moment of inspiration, he took the firing pin out of his pistol and threw it out into the weeds of his back yard in the dark.

Soon thereafter he sought mental health care, and ultimately recovered from his suicidal mood. He presumably got a new firing pin for his pistol, but that didn’t come up in therapy. If this tip will help you or someone you know get through one of those long dark nights, please share.

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About jamesmatter

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in private practice in San Francisco. I work with adults, adolescents, and couples, with focus on substance use and abuse and co-occurring disorders (having both a mental illness and an addiction).
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