On Monday, Seattle Weekly's Rick Anderson posted to The Daily Weekly about the Department of Defense's recent declaration that it's considering limited gun control in soldiers' homes as part of an attempt to curb spiking suicide rates.
After another upsurge in military suicides, including a record number last year at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Pentagon is weighing a kind of Catch 22 for its armed warriors: restricting their access to weapons. Though the National Rifle Association has protested the plan as unconstitutional, guns are used in two out of three military suicides, and the Department of Defense thinks it can reduce such deaths by limiting weapons access at military homes.
"In many circumstances," said Defense Department assistant secretary Dr. Jonathan Woodson at a conference on military and veterans suicides last week, "awareness of risk means removing firearms from those who we believe are at risk of harming themselves or others.
"I would ask all of you at this conference to commit to making reasonable recommendations that will guide uniform policy that will allow separation of privately owned firearms from those believed to be at risk of suicide."
Commenter Nov_284 writes:
How about instead we focus more on the underlying causes. Like, oh, I dunno, 6 hour long suicide briefs. At about hour 2, if I had a gun, I'd shoot myself in any given suicide brief I've ever attended. I'd rather have concurrent root canals with no anethesia than listen to some dude with a monotone explain why suicide is bad, m'kay? The best is when right after the suicide brief marathon they have an amorphous blob (codename: Pat) up on stage telling me why I'm so unhealthy and how a good diet that involves almost no meat is really what I need. SMH. Some of these dudes spend most of their time toting around a gun that shoots commonly available ammunition and perfecting their technique on producing door breaching knots of det cord using: det cord, from the comfort of their own living rooms. Sure gun control is the answer. It sure stopped that one douche at Fort Hood, right?
Commenter yahoo-635MBQ5YRGCMYDBUKPXN47RRPU writes:
Yep restricting firearms causes Japan to have the highest suicide rate in the world. To think that taking away one tool of suicide a person will not use another tool or method is evidence of brain damage. These people that believe such drible have to be from the oouter space planet of Stupitor which is right next to Theiranus.
Commenter BOBBYGRAY writes:
The reason dozens of our soldiers were killed and wounded by a muslim fanatic at Fort Hood Texas is because the US Military does not trust our troops with firearms so they can defend themselves on base or off base. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS AND WHOEVER DISARMED OUR TROOPS ON AN AMERICAN HOME MILITARY BASE SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. DENYING OUR TROOPS THEIR BIRTHRIGHT AS AMERICAN'S IS INEXCUSABLE!!
And commenter RetiredCMSgt writes:
How about letting the troops let off steam like they did in previous conflicts? You know, booze, broads, etc. Instead they are micromanaged and forbidden from any stress relief that would embarrass the command.