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Reader: Blaming guns for suicide is total misdirection

Our post asking if Colorado's gun culture is to blame for the state's awful new suicide record became a huge comment magnet, with reader after reader sharing opinions about firearms, the act of taking one's life and whether there's anything more than a coincidental relationship between the two. Here's one particularly passionate response.

Ramsey Lewis Flanagan writes:

Loaded question is loaded. Suicide is not a problem in itself. Sure, it's a sad reflection of our society, but ultimately it's not ethically good or bad and it would continue with or without guns. Every living person has freewill. All people should have the right to end their own life if they want to. Blaming the tool they use in the act is a total misdirection of energy. Should we blame rope and chairs for suicide too? Obviously not. Instead of blaming inanimate objects for the actions their masters conceive, why not focus on the social aspects behind suicide? By stating that suicide by gun is bad, you're implying that miserable people should suffer. By stating that guns should be controlled, you're implying that suffering will decrease. These are opposites. Statists, get your shit together.

For more memorable takes, visit our Comment of the Day archive.

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