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    will explain a bit further where I am and what I see.

    For me, the gun is immaterial, how someone goes about killing themselves doesn't address the why.

    The total attempted suicides shocks me.  To get a perspective on this, I imagine things I'm familiar with when trying to understand the size of something.

    I've lived in Buffalo for the past 30 yrs, the population is 262,000 or thereabouts.

    The actual number of all attempted suicides is not known,  estimates go as high as 935,000.  We do know how many people ended up in the hospital for it, that's 600,000+

    That's more than double the city I live in. That's huge. Imagine everyone in your city twice over attempting suicide, that's insanity.  What I remember reading years ago that many suicides don't get recognized as such, that the actual number is probably 20% higher and has increased over 16% over the last 20 years, WHY????

    These hidden problems get lost when we talk about just numbers.  Formulating public discourse to iron out a plan of action isn't easy.  If we only focus on the how and ignore the why.

    Let's talk about the real issue: Why do so many Americans want to kill themselves?  Obviously we're doing something wrong, my answer to that question was and still is: Despair, I think I typed it out quite a few times throughout my diary.

    And I think the framing on HOW is the false premise we're being fed is the only way to fix it.  Like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.  No baby, no dirty bathwater, right?

    I tried to elucidate that false premise disguised as "success" in the UK's conversion from coal to gas.  Sure they cut death by oven by 30% and then said, "See job done", unless of course you're the other 20% that still found other means.  

    For us that total is over 16,000 that will get ignored with this gun restriction and/or banning scheme.

    Keep this in perspective, I was born and raised in Johnson City New York, population is 15,000.  That means my entire hometown is wiped off the face of the Earth every year.  The gun didn't do that.

    Let's save those people in my hometown, okay?

    After all, we are the richest most powerful nation in human history, surely we can do this, right?  We won't if we don't address the issue and end the false framing.

    -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

    by gerrilea on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 01:12:58 AM PST

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