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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Suicide Kills

Combat deaths versus Suicides

No shit, Sherlock. Problem is that more military people are committing suicide than are being killed by the enemy, many more, like four times as many. Brown University in Rhode Island came up with these numbers. It sheds a little light on the subject:

The report finds that these high suicide rates are caused by multiple factors, including risks inherent to fighting in any war such as high exposure to trauma, stress, military culture and training, continued access to guns, and the difficulty of reintegrating into civilian life. But the study finds that there are factors unique to the post-9/11 era, including a huge increase in exposure to improvised explosive devices (IEDs), an attendant rise in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and modern medical advances that have allowed service members to survive these and other physical traumas and return to the frontlines in multiple deployments. The combination of multiple traumatic exposures, chronic pain, and lasting physical wounds is linked to suicidal behaviors. - Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

The bit about 'continued access to guns' is pretty much a sop to the east coast liberal morons and should be ignored. Anyone who really wants to end their life will find a way to do it, gun or no gun.

I've posted about traumatic brain injuries before. Maybe we should outlaw fertilizer.

Via RT


xoxoxoBruce said...

But guns don't give you time to reconsider, to change your mind.
If I decided to off myself... cut stab slash... shudder, nope.
Poison... have to rummage around maybe go to the store.
Hanging... if I was hung I wouldn't be considering suicide.
8 Long guns... a little awkward but doable.
9 handguns... Oh yeah, that would do it PDQ.

Chuck Pergiel said...

Come on Bruce, focus. Guns are the least important element of this issue.

xoxoxoBruce said...

I know that, The cause and effect is the issue, not the method.
However, guns are so quick you don't have time to change your mind before it leaves your head.
The old method of a padded room wasn't the cure, not even a treatment, but it gave the Docs breathing room to work on it. The same principle of trying to protect them from themselves until you can help them is still sound.

I've been mulling an off the wall theory that Jr is shuffled through 12 or 16 years of school, joins the military where he's told what, when, and where. Then he's discharged and has to make his way in the world with no marketable skills. It doesn't take math, sociology, or marksmanship to ask if you want fries with that. Seems to me Jr would be mighty depressed, a little scared, and maybe overwhelmed. But what do I know.