If you can make it difficult at that moment when they are serious about taking their lives, you get that chance to intervene.
Executive director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
March 21, 2013
New Colorado gun control law could help prevent suicides
[This was while referring to the requirement that there be background checks for all firearm transfers.
Governor Hickenlooper came in a close second for QOTD in the same article with:
However many homicides we have each year with handguns, we have about 20 percent more suicides. That number drops significantly when you have universal background checks."
If that were actually true then it would be parroted by every anti-gun person in every debate. It hasn't been. I attribute the statement to Hickenlooper doing what politicians do, which is making up stuff to fit their agenda.
But let's look at Gebbia's statement and indirectly show why Hickenlooper statement is almost for certain false.
The only way Gebbia's statement makes sense is if all of the following are true:
- A significant number of suicides are committed by people with a gun.
- Those people only had possession or access to a single gun.
- That gun was obtained via a private transfer.
- The private transfer occurred in the previous few hours or at most days.
- The FFL doing the background check also does a mental health evaluation at the same time.
- The FFL has some sort of authority to intervene and turn them over to mental health professions before they pursue an alternate suicide method.
Will FFL's be required to have suicide detection training? Or will the ATF just add another check box on the 4473?
My hypothesis is that neither will happen. All that is going to happen already has. And that is that Robert Gebbia just demonstrated he has crap for brains.—Joe]