Five-sixths of the way through 2018 and I am nowhere near accomplishing my goals for the year, so going forward I am thinking more in terms of “wish lists” than “to dos.” Near the top of my observational wish list is Dr. William Aprill’s “Unthinkable” course.
I’ve only met Dr. Aprill in person once. The interaction went something like this:
Aprill: “Gun Culture 2.0, eh?”
Aprill: “I thought we were on Gun Culture 4.5 by now.”
Of course, we were at the 2018 Rangemaster Tactical Conference, which represents the leading edge of America’s defensive gun culture, so he may be living in the 4th iteration of our historic gun culture while most of us are struggling just to keep up with the 2nd iteration.
In any event, by the time of that meeting, I had been stalking Dr. Aprill for some time on social and other new media. He continues to impress with his unique point of view. Just recently, he appeared on two episodes of Paul Carlson’s Safety Solutions Academy podcast (Ep. 440 – The Psychology of the Gun Agenda from 14 September 2018 and Ep. 444 – Mental Health and Guns from 10 October 2018).
The latest episode on mental health speaks to an issue of great importance and one on which the gun community has much to offer. It is good to have Dr. Aprill’s expertise a licensed mental health professional in particular to speak to the issue of suicide, which afflicts gun owners without question. I’d like to see gun owners — myself included — do everything we can to be a part of the solution to this problem. Not because we HAVE to (or else they will take away our guns), but because we CAN. Indeed, because we WANT to.
I am going to start collecting links to the many resources out there on gun owners and suicide prevention. If you know of such a resource, please post it in the comments here or the Facebook cross-post of this blog entry.