Monday, March 26, 2018

Guns in the home and suicide risk

The big picture:  4,035 deaths too many.

Photo credit:  University of Washington

Reported in Guns in home boost suicide risk, but almost no gun owners believe it.  (Appleton Post-Crescent, 3/23/2018)
A January study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found more than 90 percent of gun owners with children don’t believe household firearms increase suicide risk. About two-thirds of health care practitioners agreed. 
They’re wrong. 
Children who live in homes that have guns are at least twice as likely — some studies say as much as 10 times as likely — to die by suicide, according to an array of studies dating back to the 1980s.

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