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Apparently, Google Searches and Gun Buys Equal More Suicide

Before I say anything on the topic at hand, let me say that this isn't going to be an easy article for me to write. My family was directly affected by suicide not once, but twice. Because of that I offer up the following before the post itself: If you want to, or have plans to take your own life, STOP!

Please don't do it. Your life matters. You matter. Reach out to a family member or friend for help. Talk to someone. You are not alone and we're all going through this together.

You matter. Remember that.

Now on to the topic at hand —

There has been a large increase in the number of gun owners as of late which is likely due to the global pandemic we're all sick and tired of hearing about and living through.

The anti-gunners need to blame something on guns or gun owners at all times, and it looks like a potential future rise in suicides as well as the gun owner spike taking place because of COVID-19 is that thing. Suicide is a very real issue. I have a family member who successfully committed suicide, and another who had thankfully failed at the attempt.

Even though he failed in his attempt, in some ways the loss of the other person was actually the easier situation to deal with. Though he lived, he was dead on the inside with much pain and suffering. Because of that, he was and still is terrible and hurtful to others, projecting the hatred he has for himself out to others.

The one who was successful used a noose and a very powerful drug for strength. There was no gun involved in the taking of his life. He just took it. Why did he take his life? Because there was something wrong with him mentally and emotionally.

He was broken.

The family member who attempted (but ultimately failed) to take his life also tried it with a noose. He only failed because another family member walked in as he dropped and was able to get him down to safety. Otherwise, he would have succeeded.

Why the attempt on his own life? He was mentally and emotionally sick.

He was broken and still is. The struggle still wages on.

Why do I give the details I just did even though these are things only a handful of people have ever heard me talk about?

Because neither one of them used a firearm. And while only one was successful, the other only lived because someone walked in to save him and then made him get help.

If the desire to end life is there, the tool doesn't matter. Will a gun make it easier? Yeah, I suppose it would. But it's not needed and I'm really sick of people politicizing this stuff.

It isn't the gun. The gun is only the tool. There is something else going on, entirely.

At some point, some circumstance in their lives caused them to feel as though there were no other options. At some point leading up to their attempts, they felt like they had nothing left. They were depressed. Hurting. Miserable. Desperate. Looking for an out.

I'm seeing similar things in countless people right now. The county in which I live, while beautiful, is one of the poorest counties in my state. There isn't much hope. More people are out of work than ever before in history and the food is disappearing from the shelves at alarming rates.

If things don't get better soon, there might actually be a rise in the suicide rate, though I hope I'm wrong. And, I do believe it will get better at some point.

However, the rise in suicide isn't because more people were buying guns as shown in the comment below from The Guardian:

A surge in gun-related Google searches and estimated gun sales in the US during the worst public health emergency in modern history could lead to higher suicide rates, experts have warned.

It'll be because of their circumstances. It'll be because of a global pandemic that caused not only the death of countless people, but also the destruction of economies and livelihoods.

It'll be because people who were barely making it before, now somehow have to deal with more debt without having a job. If you (speaking to the anti-gunners and media) need a scapegoat for this, blame the pandemic, alone — not guns, not gun owners — just the corona virus and the impact it has had on us as a society.

Leave your thoughts on this in the comments below.

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10 Responses to Apparently, Google Searches and Gun Buys Equal More Suicide

  1. Dar April 29, 2020 at 12:12 pm #

    Condolences to your family. Thanks for sharing, I imagine it will help someone in distress.

    • Marjorie Webb April 29, 2020 at 1:33 pm #

      I have a medical background and every thing you have said is true. Unfortunately. We used to have long term facilities were people would live who couldn’t deal with life. Kept people on medication they needed and counseling.
      The state closed the facilities, dumping people out in the world. They had food, shelter, medication and support while inside. They were unprepared to do all this on their own. People fall through the Cracks. Not working, no health services. Those people need to be taught survival skills.
      The joe public is isolated. People don’t want to appear weak so they can keep l it from people. Medication may help them deal with every day life and there are support groups that could be joined just like alcohol anonymous everybody is so afraid of the stigma fortunately I have not had to deal with suicide of anyone I know.keep

      I’m so sorry that you lost a family member and not the other oneContinues to have problems. I will pray for you and your family.

  2. Greta Davis April 29, 2020 at 12:35 pm #

    My husband’s ex-wife committed suicide with a gun 12 years ago. She did have medical and emotional issues. The first shot was to get his attention, the second one – when she knew he was almost to him – when through here lower jaw and brain. We have been married almost 10 years, he is now not uncomfortable talking about it. We have guns in the house and, I am sure, always will have. I am not concerned. I feel very comfortable with them. I am a Trump fan and I will vote for him. He is honest – almost to a fault.

  3. Wayne Barth April 29, 2020 at 2:34 pm #

    Over 20 veterans a day kill themselves by all different means,where are the headlines for them? I am a veteran and considered killing myself more than once but my faith has pulled me through the dark times. We need to listen to those around us, pay attention to our loved ones. There are always clues if we listen. Love each other as we would love ourselves.

  4. Paul April 29, 2020 at 2:51 pm #

    That’s a brave article story I just deleted my story for fear of hacking been haunting me every day for doing nothing but following the law of gun ownership and moving to a place such as youres its a total injustice and I fear that if Biden gets in as a figure head at best profound chg which is upon us now will bring our country to its grave My Best To U

  5. Wayne Barth April 29, 2020 at 2:53 pm #

    Why were my comments removed ?

    • Joshua Gillem April 29, 2020 at 5:36 pm #

      They were not removed. We manually approve them so no spam gets past us. We try to approve all comments unless they’re deemed as spam.

      Thanks,

      Josh

  6. Andrew B Phillips Sr April 29, 2020 at 3:06 pm #

    I am sorry for your pain and that of your family. I have said a prayer for you and your family .
    You are exactly spot on with regard to the blame for suicide being laid at the feet of guns and their owners. Most people (especially the left) look for an easy answer. Guns are the easy culprit even though it’s completely unrealistic to charge this inanimate object as a primary causative factor.
    Keep telling the truth. Stay strong and prevail.

  7. Nancy Trupiano April 29, 2020 at 3:18 pm #

    Our son committed suicide with his hunting gun 10 years ago one week after his 23 birthday. He was an avid hunter and we had no idea that anything was bothering him. We still have guns in the house and my husband is finally able to want to hunt again. It could have been suicide by car that might have not succeeded or taken someone else accidentally. It’s hard but he would have found another way unless he was able to reach out to some one for help

  8. Steve Smith April 29, 2020 at 5:42 pm #

    Heartfelt condolences on your loss, deep respect for your opening your heart, despite the pain, to help others recognize their role in reaching out to others who may think they have no reason to live. Each person has value, holds some way or thing to make this a better world. No pain. No gain! Listen to them. Show them they matter. It hurts to see them suffer. You never know your positive effect on others. Step outside your comfort zone! TRY and help, despite the pain / discomfort. It is a wonderful life!

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