Man fatally shot himself at a Delray Beach shooting range

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    Man fatally shot himself at a Delray Beach shooting range

    Another one, and real close to home ...

    If that goes on, they will require a psychologist on staff at all ranges

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    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Authorities say a man fatally shot himself after renting a gun at a Delray Beach shooting range.

    Employees found the man, who has not been identified, dead of a single gunshot wound Tuesday afternoon at Delray Shooting Center.

    Police say the man came to Florida from another state and rented a car Tuesday morning. He went to the range, rented a revolver and fired several hundred rounds. Police say he waited for two other patrons to leave before shooting himself in the head.

    Authorities say they found a detailed suicide note with his belongings.

    Three other cases of people shooting themselves at gun ranges have been reported in Florida since April.
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    Hard to imagine that people loose all hope........ I'm sure he had family somewhere my prayers go out to them.
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    There is not a way to stop this kind of behavior...a permanent cure for a temporary problem.
    Life can present many problems and frustrations, and for some, this appears the only solution.
    At least he didn't involve anyone else, as some of the other shootings (in ranges) have done.
    Somewhere, there is a family trying to figure out, why?
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    I found in CA that if you rent a gun at a range,you must be with someone else.
    When I first saw this rule,I couldn't figure out what it was for.
    The reason; If you have your own gun and are suicidal,why bother going to a range in the first place.
    If you rent a gun and are with a friend,they assume no body would expose a friend to ones own suicide.
    I originally thought that this rule could only be needed in CA but I now see I may have been wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fish View Post
    I found in CA that if you rent a gun at a range,you must be with someone else.
    When I first saw this rule,I couldn't figure out what it was for.
    The reason; If you have your own gun and are suicidal,why bother going to a range in the first place.
    If you rent a gun and are with a friend,they assume no body would expose a friend to ones own suicide.
    I originally thought that this rule could only be needed in CA but I now see I may have been wrong.
    I'm not sure I follow the logic but that's just me. I'm always careful when I visit the range but if someone goes postal' there isn't much you can do. In fact, I'm more concerned with inexperienced shooters than crazy people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saber View Post
    I'm not sure I follow the logic but that's just me. I'm always careful when I visit the range but if someone goes postal' there isn't much you can do. In fact, I'm more concerned with inexperienced shooters than crazy people.
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    You may well be right about the lack of logic in the rule.That's the way it was explained to me by the range owner.
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    Agreed.

    I am most concerned with inexperienced as related to firearms people.
    At my preferred indoor range the ROs always assign me a lane to the outermost wall far and away from other shooters allowing me to do my thing and at the same time not alarm other shooters as I train in ways that are not single shot or bullseye/marksmanship style.

    If a person offs them self in a neighboring lane that would be unfortunate but of low actual danger to myself.
    What I do though actively scan for are persons walking ho who look shifty/shady/suspect.
    The indoor range actively denies such people on the premise that they can refuse business, and will do so, to anyone they wish for most any reason as per state law. Most recently a person walked in wearing an ankle bracelet as is issued to persons on parole. He was wearing shorts (!). An RO spotted him at the line and immediately ejected him.

    Those persons I keep an eye out for while inside and coming or going.
    Suicidal people on the line are to me a non-concern as related to my own personal safety akin to bridge jumpers.

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    Wifes Cousin years ago walks in Sporting good store in AZ buys a 9mm and goes back to his dorm room and kills himself. Good Kid, No drugs, No booze, all around a great kid. He was depressed over failing 1 class at college. Perment solution is right. Please check out AFSP: Home if you know anybody who is depressed and they need help.

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    wow, thats a sad stroy will be praying for his family
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    Not much difference if you pay to access a national park and then jump off a cliff. If we screened anyone renting anything dangerous [auto/chainsaw/access to a cliff/etc] we'd be spending more on screening than Obama spent on the bailout. Heck, I know a couple of folks who would be dangerous to the general public with a rented weed whacker.

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    Agreed, Paladin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reborn View Post
    Hard to imagine that people loose all hope........ I'm sure he had family somewhere my prayers go out to them.
    Depression is a serious medical challenge. Quite often it's brought on by a chemical imbalance in the brain. No amount of hope will correct that, prescription medications often play a major role in those types of treatments.

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    Sad deal, I guess we will never know why this happens. It must be awful to be that depressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heater View Post
    Sad deal, I guess we will never know why this happens. It must be awful to be that depressed.
    Yes it is. I've never been to the point of the extreme, but I've had some years where it didn't seem to make sense to go on any longer. Good thing I have a doctor who was willing to listen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fish View Post
    I found in CA that if you rent a gun at a range,you must be with someone else.
    When I first saw this rule,I couldn't figure out what it was for.
    The reason; If you have your own gun and are suicidal,why bother going to a range in the first place.
    If you rent a gun and are with a friend,they assume no body would expose a friend to ones own suicide.
    I originally thought that this rule could only be needed in CA but I now see I may have been wrong.
    There is no legal requirement statewide (I cannot vouch for every city or county ordinance but I'm still dubious) so it is almost certainly a range policy. I would imagine this would only apply to a non-member who wanted to rent a gun. Not a bad policy in my opinion (for liability reasons, not because I think it's a moral imperative).

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