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Seems to happen with eerie regularity

If you’re going to off yourself, do the world a favor and do it so that it’s convenient for the rest of us. Don’t walk into a gun range, rent a gun and blow your brains out. Someone has to clean that up.

17 Responses to “Seems to happen with eerie regularity”

  1. SGB Says:

    The Arizona Gun range in Florida…..hmmm. They should change the name.

  2. Will Says:

    A local range had this happen years ago. Their response was to make a rule no unaccompanied person could rent a gun, unless they brought one of their own guns.

    Of course, that doesn’t stop the dual self-shooters, which I have heard has happened once or twice somewhere.

  3. Gerry Says:

    I agree, get a hotel room with a tub, bottle of Jack and Pills and live out your inner Jim Morrison fantasy

  4. Divemedic Says:

    The Shoot Straight gun range in Apopka, FL has had that happen a few times. Last year, a woman killed her son and then herself with a rented firearm.

    If it keeps up, there will simply be a law passed against renting firearms, or the government will require a waiting period to rent firearms. People who are too cheap to buy one are using this as a way to off themselves on the cheap.

  5. Countertop Says:

    Had this happen 10 years ago or so on the lane next to me. I knew it happened when the girl on the other side of the victim shrieked.

    It was pretty nasty.

    Turns out, it happens A LOT. Especially with rental guns.
    Cops at the scene said folks go to ranges so they don’t leave a nasty mess behind for the family to have to clean up. And they use rental guns because they don’t want to deprive family of the value of a gun.

    In the case I witnessed, I had rented the same gun (6 inch barrel Ruger Redhawk in 44 Mag) the week prior. I also learned that gun had been used in 2 other suicides at that point.

    Freakiest part was when the guy was wheeled out on the gurney. He was “technically” still alive. His eyes were darting back and forth looking at everyone. But I am pretty sure he was essentially in a vegetative state at that point. He had most of the back of his head missing.

  6. breda Says:

    Terribly rude…but then again, suicide is a terribly selfish act.

  7. Seerak Says:

    Selfish? What self? Suicide is literally self-immolation, the sacrifice of self to nothing. Where’s the self-interest without a self?

  8. dustydog Says:

    I speculate that the number of people renting cars, or motorcycles, for suicide far exceeds the number of people renting guns. It is just less obvious – somebody blowing their brains out is probably not an accident. Somebody smashing a vehicle, especially while driving drunk, doesn’t look like a suicide.

  9. bob r Says:

    Doing away with gun rentals won’t do away with this problem. In the mid 1980’s a guy was looking at a new 44 Magnum in Warshall’s Sporting Goods store (downtown Seattle); he proceeded to drop a cartridge in the chamber and shoot himself. Not much you can do to stop that if you are willing to hand someone an operable firearm. And if you aren’t willing to do that, you probably won’t sell too many.

  10. craig Says:

    Suicide is selfish because it is unnecessary. It purports to eliminate suffering, but it does so by transferring that suffering from oneself to others who have to suffer grief over an untimely death, clean up the mess, and/or suffer shock over the traumatic circumstances.

    Self-sacrificial acts done to save others from immediate and otherwise unavoidable harm — the soldier falling on the grenade, e.g. — are not suicide, properly speaking. What is morally problematic is a foreseen harm that is not immediate and could possibly be endured or avoided by means other than death.

  11. Justthisguy Says:

    I am one of the more depressed people I know of, but suicide has never occurred to me. I want to stick around and see what happens. On the other hand a couple people on my Mom’s side of the family with fewer problems than I have offfed themselves, one using the Hemingway method. I think that with some folks, though not all that depressed by my standards, suicide is the first thing they think of, instead of the last.

    If yer gonna do it, I recommend a big bottle of nitrogen and a small closet, with maybe some duct tape for most of the crack around the door. Oh, and put down a drop cloth and have a good enema before you do it.

  12. bogie Says:

    One of the ranges I go to has changed their policy so that if you are not a member and have never been there before, they won’t rent you a gun unless you have another adult with you.

  13. Ted N Says:

    What a dick move. If they’re gonna do it, then what’s wrong with a big bottle of pills and booze in the bathtub?

  14. Jay Dee Says:

    I always have great fun asking the “caring, compassionate people” when they are going to propose rope control.

  15. Will Says:

    Speaking of pills and booze and bathtubs: Whitney Houston?

  16. Justthisguy Says:

    There is a good reason why has a special Florida section.

  17. Old NFO Says:

    Concur… Had to do that back in the late 70s and it was a PITA…

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