This is not new, but there was a largely-overlooked suicide on the steps of the Capitol building earlier this year.
The incident occurred on April 11th of this year, during Washington’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Congress had been out of session for the two weeks on spring break.
A man with a sign and a suitcase shot himself on the lower west terrace of the Capitol building. The building was put on lockdown. It was a Saturday.
The man had a sign about “social justice,” according to U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine. The exact language of that sign is unclear. Some twitter users stated the sign read “Tax the 1%,” according to ABC news.
In 2012, a Greek man named Dimitris Christoulas – a 77-year-old retired pharmacist – shot himself in the Greek capital’s Constitution Square. Witnesses said he put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger after yelling: “I have debts, I can’t stand this anymore.”
That got a lot of media attention and caused an outpouring of anger and grief in Greece and around the world.
However, somehow, when the same thing happened in the U.S. – as it did on April 11th – the story got little to no notice in the U.S. media.