I applaud Delegate Paul Krizek's Opinion piece in the Dec.
15-21 Mount Vernon Gazette on Suicide Prevention.
However, in my opinion it fell short in the paragraph "what can we do to
prevent suicide across the spectrum."
One of the nine signs listed was, "collecting pills or buying a weapon."
Use of the word weapon in this warning sign is the only mention of guns
in the entire Opinion piece.
Clearly one of the things we can do to prevent suicide is to lock up all
guns in the home. Only the gun owner should have access to the secured
Consider firearms are used in half of all suicide deaths and suicides
make up three of every five gun deaths. Suicide by firearm is almost always
deadly — 9 out of 10 firearm suicide attempts result in death. Every day
64 Americans die from firearm suicide, one every 22 minutes. In 2019,
23,941 Americans died by firearm suicide.
I believe suicide is a rash, emotional, spur of the moment decision, in
If there is no gun available, I believe the suicide rate would
Gun owners, LOCK UP YOUR GUNS.