Woman Kills Self At Handgun Range
Down in Sharonville, Ohio a woman walks into a target range, states she would like to shoot, gets some basic instruction from the staff and walks onto the range. Happens everyday, except this time she proceeds to shoot herself in what appears to be a premeditated suicide. No doubt this will be painted as some as a reason we need to outlaw handgun all together.
There is something to be said about common sense here that if you are one of my readers needs not be said. For those less astute, let me put it this way. The Golden Gate Bridge is the nations #1 suicide location in the US, though despite its history nobody is calling for the removal of the bridge. People apparently choose it because of its location, picturesque location (I mean if you're going to go out, why not go out in portrait perfect environment) and ease of use - just climb over the rail and gravity does the rest in a few short seconds. Firearms are the same way. Many people choose them as a way to end it all due to the quick nature of the resulting event. Most people commit suicide to escape pain and fear in their life, the last thing that they may want is to endure an agonizingly slow and painful death. Firearms provide an almost certain instantaneous death. So it makes sense why somebody may want to choose one to end their life with.
NOTE! I am not endorsing the use of the firearm as a means to commit suicide!! I have personal insight as to the way suicide affects those left behind and do not condone it by anyone! Please if you or somebody you know are suicidal contact 911 or your local suicide prevention hotline immediately! There are other choices - choose life!!!
It does not, however, mean that this is the only reason that firearms are useful in society. Just as a bridge is a means of traversing one point to another the firearms is more than just a device for killing. Other than provide a means of defense, sustenance and recreation for millions of Americans, firearms also provide a tangible link to the history of our past.
We may be seen by many in the world as a nation of violent gun owners, but it must be noted that ours is still one of the youngest world powers and democracies on the planet. Less than 100 years ago we were still waging border skirmishes with our neighbors to the South and protecting our territories abroad. And I'm not even talking about our military but regular citizens like you or I! Historians marvel at the wonders of the Greek and Roman militaries and how they were able to expand great empires in their day. These armies were armed with their eras version of the firearm in whatever guise it may have taken, bronze sword, pilium, chariot to many weapons long since forgotten by modern history. Take the Roman war chariot, a symbolic piece of Roman history, as important as a weapon of war as an icon of its users. Compare that to the Winchester Rifle, the Colt Revolver, the M-1 rifle and even the AR system. The American right to own firearms is akin to the Japanese reference to the Samurai sword (yes, I know Japan has some of the most repressive weapon laws in existence, the samurai sword is still viewed as an integral part of Japanese culture though). We not only promote our right to bear arms by owning firearms but also continue to provide a reason for their existence by passing on this heritage to the next generation.
This post has wandered far from where I started or intended. To the family of the woman who killed herself, I offer my sympathies on your loss. To the rest of us, please remember that the actions of other negatively reflect on our interests despite any other factors we may see pertinent. Only by enforcing good gun safety and promoting knowledge of our sport can we ever hope to gain significant gains in the fight for 2A rights.
2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)