Those of you who read my blog know I complain about Las Vegas all the time. Well, I finally have proof that I’m not lying to you.
The other day I was listening to Nevada Public Radio (NPR), and happened to catch Matt Wray (don’t know if that’s the way his name is spelled), sociology professor at Temple University in Philadelphia. He wrote a book (Leaving Las Vegas: Exposure to Las Vegas and Risk of Suicide) about Nevada being number one in suicides in the U.S. He used to live in Nevada at one time and was curious about suicides in Nevada and researched it. The following is what he discovered:
He stated that Las Vegas is becoming a destination where people come to kill themselves, or something happens to them while living here that makes them commit suicide. He also stated that people who live in Las Vegas have a 50% chance of killing themselves. If someone leaves Las Vegas, his chance of killing himself goes way down.
People who live in Las Vegas have a higher rate of drug abuse, cirrhosis of the liver, fewer family relationships, few social ties, and “gambler’s despair.” Most of the population is highly transient. 50% of us have lived in Las Vegas fewer than 3 years (I’m practically a native. I’ve lived here 6 yrs.) Most of the people in Las Vegas have no friends (I can attest to that), no support, extreme social isolation. People who live here have a sense of extreme social isolation to where they can’t turn to someone for help if they need help. He said Sin City has become Suicide City. Las Vegas’ cultural license as a place where “what happens here stays here” also contributes to suicides.
Suicides go unreported in Las Vegas by newspapers. ( I guess they don’t want to scare people away.) And when newspapers report suicides, it puts other members of society on the path to suicide.
60% of people who commit suicide in Las Vegas use a gun. And the rest, by poisoning themselves, or jumping from casino parking garages. Few people kill themselves by jumping out casino windows. None of the windows open. In Las Vegas, it’s okay to own a gun. So a lot of people have access to guns. And it’s difficult to take guns away from people and deprive them of their 2nd Amendment right to have a gun.
So, you see, when I complain about Las Vegas, it’s not to hear myself complain. It’s because Las Vegas is truly what I’ve told you it is.
Maybe that’s why they’re all so mean. They’re so unhappy and want to make someone else’s life miserable.
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