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Own a Gun and Be Five Times as Likely to Commit Suicide


Guns in the Home and Suicide
by Mikeb302000

 


The Star.com reports on something of interest to Americans, or at least it should be.
 

Suicides. Suicides dropped dramatically in Canada thanks to the federal gun registry. Not only do statistics prove as much, it stands to reason that with improved gun safety comes decreased gun fatalities; with fewer tools-of-choice for suicides available, fewer suicides occur. It just makes sense.

Here are the stats. A home where there are firearms is five times more likely to be the scene of a suicide than a home without a gun: Canada Safety Council. The Institut national de sante publique du Québec has assessed that the coming into force of the Firearms Act is associated, on average, with a reduction of 250 suicides (and 50 homicides) each year in Canada. That’s nearly one life saved per day. StatsCan figures are stark: firearm suicides have dropped 48 per cent since the enactment of the very law that the Conservatives seek to repeal.

In The States it's not quite as high as 75%, but the majority of gun deaths here are suicides as well. Do you think that fact is overlooked in gun control discussions? Whenever it does come up the pro-gun crowd comes up with one of their three standard responses. I think they must memorize these inanities.

1. People who want to kill themselves have a right to do so
2. People who want to kill themselves will find another way if no gun is around
3. What about Japan? (this one was debunked here)

What's your opinion? Are suicide rates even a greater reason for strict gun control laws than the traditional gun violence?

My belief, and I'm not alone, is that in most cases suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.  One study interviewed survivors of gun suicide attempts. Every one interviewed expressed gratitude to have failed. The absense of gun availability, as proven by the Canadian experience, ensures fewer suicides.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

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A home where there are firearms is five times more likely to be the scene of a suicide than a home without a gun

 

It may be that people who don't own a gun and wish to kill themselves have to resort to leaving their home in order to jump off a bridge or in front of trains/cars.  Those suicides wouldn't be counted in that statistic. Some people may leave their home in order to park in a secluded area and asphyxiate from their exhaust so that a relative doesn't find their body. I know someone who found such a suicide while in the woods.

 

I do think that people have a right to suicide in certain circumstances. It is also quite often very tragic, senseless and uncessary. I lost a good friend that way.

 

I do own a couple guns and they would NOT be my first choice for suicide, if I felt I had no other choice (say, terminal cancer). There are other cleaner and more reliable methods available.

 

I'd support the rights of some people in certain circumstances to end their lives even if I was opposed to gun ownership.

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