Not sure what my point is in writing this, but it's been a while since I've been on here. Haven't been shooting in quite a while. I'll explain...
I had a friend who I went shooting with fairly often. He had a range set up on the farm he grew up on. Sometimes we'd get together and plink with our carry pistols. Others we'd get out our precision rifles and see how tight we could get our groups. He is someone I met through work, and I had only know him a few years. We weren't close friends, but we'd call each other from time to time and bounce ideas off each other.
Last Mother's Day, he went to a party with some "friends" of his younger brother, and by appearances, decided to experiment with hard drugs of some kind. No one knows the details (that they are admitting anyway), but the night ended in the younger brother's murder and my friend's suicide. It makes no sense. I mean, I've known others that have committed suicide (a few former shipmates), and it's always tragic. This one just stung. Maybe it's because I've had to watch their mother losing her mind, and how it's torn apart other people I know. Maybe it's because this guy had so much potential. He was a good deal younger than me (about 15 years), so he was someone that I had tried to mentor in a way. A really good kid who would drop everything and give the shirt off his back to help someone that needed it. Hadn't yet gotten the opportunity to do something with his life.
The last time we went shooting was about two weeks before his passing. I haven't been shooting since. I can't figure why, but this has really put a damper on something that has been a lifelong passion. Has anyone else been through similar? This whole thing has left me with more questions than answers.