I’m confused. How could FBI criminal background checks at gun ranges reduce suicides? I’m not confused about the fact that the federal government has no damn business collecting information about private citizens’ trips to the gun range (or gun purchases but don’t get me started). Or passing a law to counter a trend whose statistical incidence can easily be rounded to zero. Some ranges have tried more practical anti-suicide solutions (all on their own!). Some mandate that shooters looking to rent a gat must either bring a gun or a friend. I’m not convinced these policies reduce gun range suicides but I can tell you one thing for sure: the act is a very messy and traumatic business for those left behind. Absent ethical suicide parlors, I advise anyone who wants to kill themselves with a firearm to A) get immediate help and B) shoot themselves in private.