Conversations on Access to Lethal Means
Guns are the primary means of suicide for adults and youth in Missouri. Six in 10 suicide deaths in our state in 2017 were by firearm. In an effort to raise awareness about preventing this tragedy, the Safer Homes Collaborative and Ammo Alley-Indoor Range and Training Academy are offering a free training: Conversations on Access to Lethal Means (CALM), Thursday April 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Ammo Alley in Hartsburg.
Suicide is often an impulsive act, with the urge coming and going quickly. Easy access to firearms offers an easy and deadly way to act on the temporary desire. The emphasis of the CALM training is to teach gun owners and the community that they can prevent suicide by putting time and distance between firearms and the person experiencing a suicide crisis. Attendees will learn how to talk about suicide, methods to limit access to lethal means, such as firearms and medications, and how to dispel some of the myths surrounding suicide.
One participant in a CALM training stated it was, “Helpful to discuss ways to limit access to firearms in specific situations (suicide) vs. talking through typical gun debate issues.”
You can help end suicide in Missouri by signing up to attend a free CALM training on Thursday April 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call Doug at Ammo Alley (573-634-6196) to reserve your seat.