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Judith Horowitz

In memory of Seth Horowitz, M.D.

My brother, after several unsuccessful surgeries, was in incredible pain, both psychological and physical. With no hope of having the pain abate, he put a gun to his head and ended his life. Seth had access to a gun, even though he was severely depressed and on multiple, self-prescribed medications that certainly clouded his judgement. He left a beautiful and loving family, and we miss him.

I had no idea he owned a handgun. I blame myself for this willful ignorance. I could never imagine this gentle man, who was responsible for saving so many lives in his role as an emergency room physician, would ever think to purchase a gun. I am so sorry for being stupid, unaware and oblivious.

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