A 53-year-old man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Taylorsville gun range Wednesday night.
The shooting, which has not been ruled a suicide or accidental yet, occurred just after 5 p.m. at Doug's Shoot N' Sports, 4926 South and Redwood Road.
Taylorsville police Sgt. John Cooper said there were other people in the gun range but no one witnessed the shooting.
The gun involved was a pistol and police believe only one shot was fired.
Fire officials said the bullet struck the man in the head.
Do you think I'm going out on a limb calling it "suicide?" I guess it's possible to accidentally shoot yourself in the head, but I'm guessing this one was suicide.
Suicides with guns are certainly not rare occurrences, but how often do they happen at the shooting range? I would imagine they could be more numerous than the occasional reports we see in the press. What with all the shootings that happen every day, these might not make the front pages. And surely most gun suicides happen in the home, that just stands to reason.
What's to be done? Reduce the number of guns in the hands of these unstable people. That may result in an overall reduction of guns in the hands of people generally, it certainly will result in increased inconvenience to the law-abiding and mentally sound gun owners, but what else can we do? I wish someone would tell us.
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