Don’t forget the other gun victims

There has been a lot of coverage and discussion about gun violence – and rightfully so.

But there are a whole other group of gun victims that are out of the discussion:  Suicides.

In 2010, there were 31,000 suicides in America.  At least 19,000 were accomplished with a gun.  Suicide rates are rising so fast that they now outnumber deaths in car accidents.

This post is not intended in anyway to be exhaustive on suicide or to push for gun control because of suicide.  I am merely pointing out the continued link between mental illness and gun violence.  Washington is concerned about guns.  I am concerned with the growing mental suffering and the question “why?”

author’s note: I often write what is close to me.  My 14 year old son committed suicide in 2012 although he did not use a gun.

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About Brian Fulmer

Brian is the owner of Crossroads Property Management Inc. (www.crossroadsproperty.com) He writes six blogs and has written two books. He also works with various missions around the world. His first love is Guatemala.
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3 Responses to Don’t forget the other gun victims

  1. lwk2431 says:

    Reality check. People for gun control like to compare gun deaths in the U.K. and the U.S. because it is a lot lower in the U.K. They figure that proves something. At least comparing the U.S. and U.K. makes some sense, what with a lot of cultural and historical ties.

    Have you ever compared the _overall_ suicide rates between the U.S. and U.K.?

    Hopefully you will agree that guns are an order of magnitude easier to get your hands on in the U.S.? You won’t argue that will you?

    Given that guns are enormously more available in the U.S. than the U.K. it stands to reason that the suicide rate in the U.S. ought to be a lot higher. If the availability of guns led to more suicides we in the U.S. ought to have a lot more, a lot more.

    But we don’t.

    The overall suicide rate for the U.S. is 12 per 100,000 and 11.8 for the U.K, probably not even a statistically significant difference.

    Conclusion?

    People who really want to kill themselves will find a way.

    If you could ban guns totally in the U.S. the suicide rates would probably be affected. That is what the facts seem to show.

    regards,

    lwk

    • lwk2431 says:

      “If you could ban guns totally in the U.S. the suicide rates would probably be affected. That is what the facts seem to show.”

      Doooh!

      Typing too fast. Means “would probably _not_ be affected.”

  2. “Victim” of the “gun”, or of the “suicide”? Is there any self-causality in this framework? The mind boggles…

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