September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Read and share stories to honor survivors whose loved ones died by gun suicide.

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Kelley Gingles

‪Every other Tuesday for one and a half years I went Baton Rouge Crisis Center for therapy. Each meeting starts with your story. Here is mine: I’m Kelley. On September 21, 1990, my mom, Arlene, shot herself in the chest. She was 50 years old. She passed away that night.‬ My father gave the gun to my mom early on in their marriage. He was a Marine and left us for up to a year at a time. It was that gun my mother used on herself. ‬

‪This question alone is exactly what we face every single day. The love of guns. My dad asked the police for the return of the gun. I was stunned. It is a mindset I will never understand. He got his gun. I will never got my mom back. My girls never got their grandmother back.‬

‪I’ve been in and out of therapy, and I now know there is no answer for the question “why?”

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