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U.S. military aims to prevent suicides by taking soldiers’ private guns away from them

With nearly half of all suicides in the U.S. military committed with a privately owned firearm, Congress and the Pentagon are moving to implement policies that will discourage at-risk members of the armed forces from retaining their personal weapons.

As suicides continue to rise in 2012, the Defense Department officials are developing a suicide prevention campaign, part of which will encourage friends and family of the potentially suicidal to convince the soldiers to give up their weapons.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2214441/U-S-military...



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This is just another assault ...

This is just another assault on the second amendment. If someone is determined to commit suicide they will find a way, they do not need a firearm. The military needs to point a finger at themselves for the cause and not try to blame firearms.Obviously they have not done enough to treat and insure the mental health of the soldiers.

RickStone

That's the cover story, anyway

If they cared about the lives of our soldiers, they wouldn't send them into pre-emptive war combat in the first place. They want to disarm them because they FEAR them. Who knows how many of them are oathkeepers who'd defend the people in the face of a Fed Gov crack down.

And after: With nearly all

And after: With nearly all suicides in the U.S. military committed with perscription drugs, Congress and the Pentagon are moving to implement policies that will discourage at-risk members of the armed forces from seeking medical treatment.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

How about doing a better job rotating soldiers back stateside?

We spend a fortune on hardware, foreign aid, technology, logistics, etc...

How about spending some time helping soldiers adjust to returning home rather than just transporting them home.

It pisses me off how badly we treat these men and women. Many come home to broken homes, debt, no job and a home front that is not "at war".

Watch this report: "The Wounded Platoon":
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/woundedplatoon/view/

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

What about that D.C. sniper

What about that D.C. sniper from so many years ago? He was ex-military. What was his psychological profile?

I think as more soldiers return to the US, we are going to be dealing with their personal horrors and trauma for another generation, just like the Vietnam vets.