This is a discussion on Shooting at one of my other offices last week. within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; This one didn't make the news, and I only have third hand information. A couple, BF/GF, that both work at one of my company's other ...
This one didn't make the news, and I only have third hand information.
A couple, BF/GF, that both work at one of my company's other offices arrived at work. They were arguing. The BF, a 23 year old who recently completed his Paramedic training, and also volunteers in the Richmond VA area, went back out to the car, came back in with a handgun and shot himself in the head, splattering the GF with brain matter.
I didn't know either of these two individuals, but I know lots of their coworkers, and I just worked out of that office when I picked up some overtime last month. I don't know if the BF had previously threatened harm to himself or the GF, or if this was a spur of the moment decision.
My company prohibits firearms anywhere on company property under threat of termination. Obviously this didn't stop the BF, and there are several employees who 'probably' store their firearms in their cars. The company Director is a pro gun guy, as are most of the Supervisors, but we are part of a larger multiple hospital health system that has the policy carved into stone.
So far there hasn't been any uptick in policy enforcement, probably because the company tends to bury stuff like this under the carpet so as not to get any bad PR. I am however sure that getting caught with a firearm, or being reported for having a firearm, these days will not be a positive career move.
I'm not a big proponent of the old accessibility begets crime/violence theory, but in this case it seems to have a nugget of truth.
Please folks, if you have access to a firearm or other weapon, think and take a breather before you get into an argument or have an urge to 'go out with a bang' or 'show them how serious this is.' It's not worth it. It's a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Seek help. we don't want to lose anybody to suicide.
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Paramedics With Guns Scare People!
At least he was man enough to not make it a murder/suicide. Although he could have not done it in front of so many people. Better yet he could have not done it at all, even though he could have used lots of things other than a gun.
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Sad on all accounts, do not understand why anyone would want to do this. I like women, and trying not to sound bad, have never seen one that I would be willing to kill myself for.
It's just something we may never know the reasons why guys do it.
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There was a time when my lifestyle was a little too wild for me to be around guns, but I knew it and didn't own them then.
There have been respected members here who were wise enough to realize that they were going through tough emotional times, and chose to put the guns away. There's no shame in turning them over to a trusted friend until you're back on your feet again.
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Very well put.
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I read stuff like this and I think what an idiot. I love my wife but killing myself is not a solution to anything. Why we need access to our guns at work, what if he had decided instead to takeh his problems out on his fellow employees? I’d prefer to be able to defend myself than wait cowering in a corner for help to arrive. Management won’t see it this way but hey they did everything they possibly could to prevent this from happening. After all they had a written policy didn’t they? What more do you want?
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He brought a gun on company and he was terminated...oh wait, he terminated himself...no harm, no foul.
Another long-term solution, to a short-term problem...
At least he didn't shoot anyone else.
Proverbs 27:12 says: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”
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Been married to the other half for more years than I can remember.. except when our anniversary comes up! As far as I'm concerned, if she messed around or decided to divorce me, she ain't worth popping a cap into.. or scrambling my brains for.
I can't believe people don't realize when you decide to ingest the "lead pill", you ain't waking up the next morning. Under normal circumstances, nothing could be that bad to go that route.
Sometimes emotional pain is worse than physical pain,and people aren't thinking about tomorrow
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So very true!! Also, lots of anger in this guy--the very way in which he completed his suicide so as to splatter himself ON her, shows some true, underhanded and mean-spiritied intent. She is going to live with some horrible memories...........Sometimes emotional pain is worse than physical pain,and people aren't thinking about tomorrow
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Glad you're ok and he didn't actually harm anyone else...physically anyway. Although the idea/method of killing himself so as to leave bits of himself all over the other person seems...twisted. Seems there's a nutter around every corner these days.
Sorry I might sound insensitive here... er well, I guess because I am. I'm not entirely sure I agree with this one bit anymore.
I am however, in complete and total agreement with this bit. Although I think it should apply to everyone whether you're carrying a firearm or not. Some folks just need to take a breather period.Please folks, if you have access to a firearm or other weapon, think and take a breather before you get into an argument