Not to be grumpy about it, but:

Almost every hero -historical or fictional - in American 'culture' is famous for waving a gun around. A veritable battalion of gunfighters, gangsters, bank robbers, hardcore Marines and badass cops.

One need only watch 'Hawaii Five-O' or 'SWAT' to know that every crime can be solved by a hail of bullets. Indeed, the implication is that this is the ONLY way to resolve a crime.

Thus, the view is that owning and using a gun is a legitimate way of resolving any and all problems, from bullying at school to a failing marriage.

Without a determined effort to address this deep-seated misapprehension, you won't persuade Americans to put their weapons down.

In another matter, deploring suicide, and trying to prevent it, does amount to a violation of an individuals' rights. It is a hangover from the obsolete Biblical morality and should be placed on the same bonfire as sexism, racism and homophobia.

Snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, walker of paths less travelled by. Advocate-in-Ordinary to His Satanic Majesty.

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