What if Stephen Paddock was a suicide prevention advocate?

Suppose, for a moment, that Stephen Paddock, the man responsible for the massacre in Las Vegas, was a suicidal suicide prevention activist, committed to transforming the gun debate.  Imagine if what you see below was his suicide note.

Any reasonable person who spends even a modicum of effort to try to develop a plan to reduce the number of Americans who die every year from gun violence would focus on preventing suicides by firearm.

Even a child in grade school, given a handful of statistics, can quickly surmise that the people in power in Washington are more focused on remaining in power, and enriching themselves financially, than reducing the number of people who die by suicide by gun. What I have done here in Las Vegas was aimed at highlighting the facts that I just pointed out.

I predict that media organizations in this country will repeatedly play video recordings of the terrifying fish-in-a-barrel massacre that I just perpetrated.  They will sensationalize the horror I rained down on the unlucky people caught up in my plan to make a meaningful difference in this world before I die.  Details about the modifications made to the weapons I intend to use will be seized upon, and may even inspire talk from some pols about banning such devices.  When they do, be sure to ask them, “How many of the 60 Americans who die by suicide by firearm, every single day in the U.S., kill themselves with a semi-automatic weapon that’s been legally modified to an automatic one?”

Make no mistake, this country’s problem isn’t gun control, it’s the love of profit over life.

Truth be told, I am suicidal.  Why I feel this way is unimportant, but what is important to me is that people understand why I did what I did.

My dying wish is to transform the way the people in this country frame the gun control problem.  May the lives lost in this massacre not be lost in vain.  Let this event and these words be the one to inspire Americans to finally begin to realize that for-profit media concerns and self-interested politicians are the puppet masters pulling the strings of an all too amenable public.  Americans must never forget that they live in the capital of capitalism.

As terrifying as mass murder massacres undoubtedly are, the loss of lives as a result of them, pales in comparison to the number of people who die by suicide.  About 120 Americans die by suicide every single day in this country, and about half of those are suicides by firearm.  Refuse to be distracted by the sensationalistic news coverage.  Refuse to let politicians and for-profit media companies focus the gun control debate on these relatively rare events that claim so few lives compared to suicide.

Stephen Paddock
Suicide Prevention Advocate

Do you think a revelation like this would make any difference in the gun control debate?

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