Are suicides any less tragic than homicides?
If 66 percent of gun deaths each year are suicides, does that make the number of gun deaths in America any less tragic?
Awesome question ! It's simply amazing that the media ignores suicide , that social media ignores suicide , that the statistical presenters ignore suicide. What a hidden and ignored issue . Is it because we accept that suicide is a very , very personal choice ? Are we just accepting that the choice is theirs ?
No. Many people who have been touched by suicide personally are not immediately, if ever, able to speak publicly to strangers about it because of the pain. Unfortunately, suicide still has a stigma surrounding it. There are those who call those who commit suicide "crazy" or "cowards" when often these things aren't true. Homicide, killing others seems to be all the rage as far as the media goes in our overly media obsessed society.
Less tragic? It's an absurd thought.
Just as people who murder others will find a way to do their deed one way or another, so will a person intent on suicide find a way with or without a gun.
The tragedy is always the same.
Having someone else take your life or your loved one's life is always going to garner more sympathy than if (you) decided to take your own life. Suicide is a (personal decision) while being murdered isn't.
People tend to have a mindset that if one contributed to their own demise they should receive less empathy.
It's probably one of the reasons why deaths from drug addition and alcoholism aren't viewed in the same light as cancer.
Self inflicted tragedy will never measure up to the feeling of tragedy when someone goes into a school and kills several children and teachers. It is noteworthy though to separate suicides from murders.
I think suicide is incredibly tragic. It should most definitely be included and accounted for.
Suicide is tragic and one of the reasons is that in so many cases someone close should have realized something was wrong and in most of those cases the friend/relative is afraid to say anything.
In response to Greg's comment, I have been disavowed by my son and his wife because I said their 14 year old daughter appeared suicidal on FB.. She is alive today, but now at 19 has 2 illegitimate babies. Do I think she may still be suicidal? Yes
Suicide is perhaps more tragic than most homicides, because in many cases it could have been prevented if family and friends were more aware of the situation the person was in. In Australia suicide is one of the highest causes of death in young men. Ex military men suffering PTSD often commit suicide (more than are killed in war), and apart from this, one of the highest incidents is among construction workers. Another is among farmers. More awareness of suicide and the causes needs to be promoted.
by krisingreen 10 months ago
Do you agree that suicide should be accepted as a personal choice?Everyone has the right to their own body, right? So if a person (yes, depressed for a really long time) wanted to commit suicide because he really wanted to, would that make a difference compared to someone who simply want to commit...
by And Drewson 2 years ago
If someone is of sound mind, meaning they understand the consequences, should they be allowed to kill themselves?
by ngureco 23 months ago
Why Would One Want To Commit Suicide Without Leaving A Suicide Note?
by seanorjohn 5 years ago
Of course I won't but how would you react to someone who threatens to do this. Someone I know, fairly well, committed suicide this year. He had money worries and I feel really guilty that I did not take up his offer of carpentry work from a flier he put through my letterbox. I didn't know he was in...
by emrldphx 6 years ago
This is one I haven't seen before. A study done by Florida State University professors of criminology Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz.LINK: http://www.saf.org/LawReviews/KleckAndGertz1.htmREVIEW: http://www.pulpless.com/gunclock/noframedex.htmlThe finding was that guns are used defensively to stop crimes...
by paarsurrey 7 years ago
Hi friendsJesus was a servant of the Creator –God Allah YHWH; he valued his life bestowed on him by the Creator –God Allah YHWH. He did not commit a suicide and did not willingly get hanged on the Cross for a cursed or sinful death. Jews did cause him forcibly put him on the Cross but they...
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