Gun control advocates heart firearms-related suicide stats. They constantly lump them in with firearms-related homicide data to double the number of “gun deaths” in the U.S. The antis also portray guns as suicide enablers; depressed people wouldn’t be able to kill themselves so easily if they didn’t have “easy access” to firearms. A new study from the Centers for Disease Prevention (Suicide Among Adults Aged 35–64 Years — United States, 1999–2010) reveals some new, not-entirely-helpful-to-the-gun-grabbers’ information about firearms-related suicides. The New York Times story on the report breezes over the relevant data (‘natch). Not us . . .
Notice that guns as a suicide “mechanism” have increased by the smallest percentage. “Suffocation” and “Other” are number one and two without a bullet in terms of percentage increase. Blame the pain pill epidemic for the soaring number of poisonings.
Add-up the three listed non-firearm suicide mechanisms can you discover that they account for more suicides than firearms.
For perspective, also consider the fact that Japan (a “gun free zone”) had a 21.7 per 100k suicide rate in 2012 (including all age groups). The U.S. ranks number 33 on the international list of suicide stats, well behind both Japan and “gun free” New Zealand.
The antis don’t care about facts. They reckon if they save one life by eliminating your Constitutional right to keep and bear arms it’s worth it. Even if the number of lives lost as a result—through criminal predation or government persecution—is greater than the number of lives saved.
Still, if they’re so concerned about “gun deaths” why don’t they create government programs to address suicide—without discouraging gun owners from seeking help by automatically removing the gun rights? Yes, there is that.