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America's Gun Problem

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I am bereft that in such a short time span, I need to send thoughts of comfort to 3 more families affected by the residual trauma of Mass Shootings: To the family of Sydney Aiello and another unidentified student, both survivors of the Mass Shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, who chose suicide within 1 week of each other. To the family of Jeremy Richman, who chose suicide today. His 6 year-old daughter, Avielle, was murdered during the Mass Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT in 2012. I'm going to focus on Dr Richman, a neuroscientist and neuropharmacologist, because I have experience with neuroscience and psychiatry due to my own brain health issues. He and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, created the  The Avielle Foundation  for brain research into the roots of violence as a way to do something about preventing more violent deaths and to cope with their loss. As someone who lives with occasional suicidal ideation, I "get"