The G.J. Sentinel hawks cheap handguns while also wishing readers “a safe and happy holiday”

With ads like these in the local paper, no wonder Grand Junction has such a high suicide rate

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel ran a big ad in it’s Thanksgiving Day paper selling handguns for cheap while on it’s Facebook page it simultaneously wishes readers a “safe and happy holiday.”

Many area residents would consider the ad alone grossly inappropriate in a community that recently reached a record high suicide rate, and which has for years struggled with one of the highest suicide rates in the nation.

In the U.S., the majority of suicides are by gun, and it’s been shown that depression and access to firearms are a deadly combination.

Suicide rates are also higher in places where the rates of gun ownership are higher. A Harvard School of Public Health survey of all 50 U.S. states found a strong link between rates of suicide and firearm ownership. Even Fox News concluded that gun ownership is tied to a threefold increase in suicide risk. The lesson, should we choose to accept it, is that many lives would be saved if gun ownership was less prevalent. 

Not helping

When seen through the lens of all this information, the Daily Sentinel’s ads promoting sales on guns appear thoughtless, offensive and unhelpful at best, and self-serving at worst. We know the paper wants the ad revenue, but does it have to come at the expense of potentially exacerbating the local suicide problem? While we need and value a source of local news and should be glad to have one like the Daily Sentinel, the net effect of the local paper accepting ads like this makes the paper of zero benefit to the local suicide rate, and even puts it into the negative category.

In short, on the western slope, ads like this are more of a public detriment than a service or public benefit of any kind.

The Daily Sentinel cannot at once be sincere in wishing community members a safe holiday while helping market cheap, deadly weapons to households across the valley. It would be more sincere — and appropriate —  for the paper to refuse to run ads for firearms until the rate of gun massacres in the U.S. comes down and the suicide rate in Mesa County drops at least a little bit.  

7 comments for “The G.J. Sentinel hawks cheap handguns while also wishing readers “a safe and happy holiday”

  1. American Patriot
    November 23, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    What is a reasonable number of guns for a person to own?

    • American Patriot
      November 24, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Well now, I can see where my above question might have been too tough for you guys to answer, in the context of reasonable regulation of the second amendment. So let me rephrase.

      Is one gun for each hand excessive? Now, you do want to have that conversation, don’t you???

      • Seamus
        November 24, 2017 at 12:20 pm

        This is America. You can own however many guns it takes for a guy like you to feel like a man.

        • American Patriot
          November 24, 2017 at 12:36 pm

          Well, I’m glad we got that settled. And thank you for supporting our second amendment rights. See how easy it is to find common ground? All you have to do is ask the right person.

    • AP2
      November 26, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      I think probably as many as one can purchase should be good

      • American Patriot
        November 26, 2017 at 7:25 pm

        AP2
        Perhaps adequate for a novice collector.

      • American Patriot
        November 26, 2017 at 7:25 pm

        AP2
        Perhaps adequate for a novice collector.

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