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

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Scout Kirkland

On June 30, 2018, I was shot in the chest. The experience itself was traumatic, but my experience with the court system in Ohio after the fact is what made the situation as bad as it is. The dude who shot me was charged with a misdemeanor for “negligent assault.” He did 63 days in jail, got two years probation and can still own a gun after he gets off. I spent more time in the hospital than the man who shot me served. If that doesn’t show how broken our system is, I don’t know what will.

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