Jane Smith: A gun close by

January 12, 2013 

A gun close by

My father killed himself with a perfectly legal gun left over from his law enforcement days. He kept it long after he retired in the top drawer of a mahogany chest of drawers in our big hall, unloaded but right beside the ammunition. My brother and I knew not to touch it, not ever.

Dad was troubled about his health, and the gun was handy and available that December morning.

I don’t know whether he would have used another method. I just know he didn’t.

Jane Smith

Raleigh

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