In war on suicide, Pentagon wants to disarm at-risk soldiers

  • Article by: JAMES DAO , New York Times
  • Updated: October 7, 2012 - 9:50 PM

Prevention campaign would urge family to prevent access to personal guns, prescription drugs.

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RossbergOct. 7, 1210:40 PM

Obviously, a soldier's first choice of suicide would probably be a firearm since the military spent a great deal of time and money to make sure he's proficient in its use. But is there any reason to believe that he wouldn't just use some other method of suicide if a privately owned gun wasn't available? Or is this plan just a tacit admission that the military is unable to solve their rising suicide problem and it's now up to family and friends to reduce them? About the only way this could conceivably work is if any removal of drugs and guns was with the knowledge and agreement of the soldier. Otherwise, if done secretly, this seems like something that could easily turn into a disaster.

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ndterminatorOct. 8, 12 6:31 AM

When I was in the army, owning/using my own firearms on our own time was one of the few things the army could not take from us, and we who grew up hunting/shooting treasured that small amount of our world we had a say in. This sounds like the Left's newest attempt at back door gun control. Soldiers who hunt/own their own firearms don't want to be labeled "at risk" as if they are treated under current law they cannot own or buy firearms (one of the yes/no questions on the form when buying a new gun). Seems to me this could be handled without adding more stigma or permanently destroying the service member's right to buy/own firearms...

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Spiker1Oct. 8, 12 6:32 AM

This is just a poorly veiled attempt by Obama's administration control who has access to guns, something he has done wherever he has been. If someone is going to commit suicide, they will do it no matter what anyone else does, no matter if there are guns or prescription drugs in the home, they will find a way. Preventing service men and women from possessing firearms is a direct assault on the 2nd Amendment....there are other ways such as mental health in-patient hospital admissions.....

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