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'Means Matter': Gun lethality affects suicide rates

A teen who killed himself in Casper in early 2009 left behind grieving families and friends.

His survivors asked “Why would he do this?”

The owner of Rocky Mountain Discount Sports knew the question of “how?” was just as important.

Shawn Wagner’s store, with the assistance of some of its suppliers, gave away more than 900 gun locks at the Natrona County Suicide Prevention Task Force booth at the Blue Envelope Health Fair.

“I heard lots of positive things,” Wagner said recently. “People still ask for them.”

As one who has intervened to stop three suicides,

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