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Suicide, Kids Giving Up Hope: A Heartbreaking Local Story and Memories Of Losing My Friend To Suicide At A Young Age

Suicide, Kids Giving Up Hope: A Heartbreaking Local Story and Memories Of Losing My Friend To Suicide At A Young Age | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Last night I first heard the news that an 11-year-old San Tan Valley, Arizona boy whose father was a police officer committed suicide.  Samuel Epps, 11, became upset after an argument with his father, went into his parent’s bedroom, locked the door, took his father’s unsecured 9mm handgun and fatally shot himself in the head.  Every indication pointed to suicide and not an accidental shooting.


Initial reports stated that there was no known mental health conditions the boy suffered with nor was there ever any indication he had thoughts of hurting himself or thoughts of suicide.  Sadly in Arizona there is no law that requires a gun be locked up and kept out of the reach of children.  There are laws on neglect though which this case could fall under.


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Community Village: Harder Questions - Audrie Pott (RIP)

Community Village: Harder Questions - Audrie Pott (RIP) | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"...I wonder further if all of the national debates going on about gun-control and 2nd Amendment rights are predicated upon the wrong ideas.  At some point we have to start asking why someone so young would buy or steal a gun, why they would build a bomb, why they would kill their mother and her co-workers, and why they would have any kind of sexual contact with a girl who was unconscious, in such an indifferent and uncaring manner?"

Community Village Sites's insight:

Some say these occurrences are rare and that the media makes us feel like they are common. Regardless, the U.S. definitely has a culture of violence. America, we should improve our culture. 

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