Rampant, you're wicked! (referring to that sig line)
First, thank you for posting that utterly horrible story. As a disinterested (not "uninterested") reader only, the most terrible part of this would have been if your "blood brother" had succeeded in executing himself. God bless you for your merciful heart, and for assuaging his burning guilt and keeping a friendship. I know I wouldn't kill myself under those or any similar circumstances, but I can understand wanting to.
Nothing short of a miracle? You got that right. The good Lord does provide, after His own plans, if not ours.
And, dude, stop screwing around with your guns! Oh, but you know that.
Seriously, purchasing the shotgun and installing a pistol grip was comprehensible, but after that, whoa!
Oh, and how much did Dr. Pepper pay for the product placement?