At Psychology Today, Romeo Vitelli explores the epidemic of firearm suicides in the US:
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Does owning a gun increase the likelihood of suicide? Based on most suicide statistics, the answer appears to be yes.
According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicides account for more than 60 percent of all firearm deaths in the United States. In 2013 alone, 41,149 suicide deaths occurred of which the majority were firearm-related. In that same year, the number of deaths from homicide was only a fraction of that figure (16, 121).
So why aren’t people paying more attention to this appalling death toll? Within weeks of the school shooting at Sandy Hook, more than half of all U.S. states introduced legislation to boost security in schools despite the lack of clear evidence that metal detectors and a police presence in schools were actually effective.