How gun rights advocates are getting involved in suicide prevention

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Suicide accounts for the vast majority of gun deaths in Utah. Because of that, gun advocates are joining the effort to prevent it.

Clark Aposhian, Chair of the Utah Shooting Sports Council, joined Inside Utah Politics to talk about a prevention campaign his organization is involved with called, 'Is Your Safety On?'

Aposhian is working to help end suicide gun deaths.

According to Aposhian, 86 percent of gun deaths in Utah are from suicide -- that's the 7th highest in the nation.

During a sit down interview, Good4Utah's Glen Mills asked Aposhian how the campaign works.

"What is does is it tries to create that epiphany that hey, it is your family, your friends, your loved ones, your  co-workers, your neighbors -- that, with a gun that they already had, probably had no desire to harm themselves when they first obtained that firearm. And they're going through a rough patch -- maybe they had a job change, they got fired, or a separation from home or something like that. It might last a week or two weeks, but during that time period they hit rock bottom. Then for about 10-15 minutes maybe they might have that ability to harm themselves. What we want to do is work amongst the gun owners. We don't need new legislation -- I want to really emphasize that. We don't need new legislation that requires a doctor or law enforcement to come in and take the gun when you have a divorce. What we want to do among gun owners is say 'hey, i know you're going through a rough time, let me babysit your gun,' " Aposhian explained.

In the video clip above, Aposhian digs deeper into gun rights versus prevention. 

 


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