I thought this article was somewhat relevant to the discussion of what happens when someone commits suicide but doesn't have a gun sitting around:
police say he first tried to end his life by jumping out of a moving vehicle that was driving him to work in Canonsburg, about 15 miles south of Pittsburgh. That happened about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.
About a half hour later, police say the man stepped over a guide rail into the path of a tractor-trailer which tried to avoid the man but knocked him out of his shoes.
Troopers from the Washington barracks say the man jumped up, grabbed his shoes, slid down a hillside and walked to work. He was since been flown to a Pittsburgh hospital.
I guess you could argue that if that guy had a gun, he would be dead. As it is, he may get another chance. Then again, he may jump out of the window at the hospital!
The one dissuasion-attempt I don't understand on such sites is the one where they claim that people jumping from great heights "change their minds halfway down".
How, exactly, this change-of-heart is established is never explained.
Vorpal, are you sure of your thinking? You including MANY respected US Army personnel and for that matter, including many US police organizations (rank and file are all for permits to carry, but are not for being out gunned by criminals and crazies).
General Peter Chiarelli has an agenda? Yeah, it's helping soldiers with brain injuries...
Gabrielle Giffords and Jim Brady have an agenda? Yeah, it's keeping crazy people like the ones that shot them from getting guns.
I wish people would watch the best news commentators in America (and Jon and Steve do say that that is very sad).
Vietnam era is not the whole US experience. The Vietnam generation made it clear to my generation the antics that went on with regards to the draft and assignments so I do not doubt the abuses that went in in that time. However, the military today is very diverse.