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Missouri's Black gun owners

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More Africans Americans in Missouri are buying firearms for personal safety. So one gun enthusiast has taken up the mission of educating people about the importance of suicide prevention, to stop a growing crisis in his community.

Homicides in Missouri recently reached a record high, but the number of suicides is even higher. In the state's growing community of Black gun owners, some enthusiasts are taking steps to ensure people don’t end up bringing more danger into their homes. KCUR’s Alex Smith reports. (A warning: This story contains discussions of suicide.)

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