Particularly in teens who use the family gun, across all states, higher gun ownership correlates to higher suicide rates, households with guns are far more likely to have a member commit suicide.
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/hicrc/firea … p-and-use/
Heard this statistic a few years back.
Only in households where someone is suicidal, households without guns they will choose an alternate route, its what people who are suicidal do. Any studies on that?
They may, but actual suicide with a gun is far more likely to succeed than suicide by most other methods. An attempt may be made, but is far less likely to produce death.
The result is, I think. that households without guns will have fewer successful suicides than households with guns. A guess only, but I would suspect that there are fewer attempts as well - a trigger is quick and easy, slitting your wrists not so much.
Total Suicides 38,364
In 2010 Firearm suicides 19,392
2,880 other means
I don't know if the other households had guns are not...do you?
With 50% of suicides being by guns it is almost a surety that over 1/2 of the households with a suicide also had a gun in it.
Whether that figure is 51% or 99% we don't know, just that it is statistically more likely that a household with a gun will have a suicide than without a gun. While the "[b]far]/b] more likely" in the OP could be a gross exaggeration, "more likely" is not.
Too little info to draw the conclusions the anti gun folks want too. Without a national registry, how do they know how many homes actually had guns? Registration laws vary from state to state. Some folks are registered but no longer own the guns. Were guns locked and stored properly, or did people who shouldn't have access have it anyway? Do the homes counted as not having guns, actually have guns that aren't registered or even required to be registered? If every (or any) home that does not have a handgun in the study, had a shot gun, (many are short enough barrels for suicide now and do not require registration), your data is trash. Did people who used guns do so because they were handy or did they plan ahead and purchase or borrow a gun for the occasion? I am sure we could come up with many more variables not considered, which would be required for the study to be viable. Not enough controlled data, to be certain of much, but it does make for good propaganda.
If you read the links up top the data is covered from several perspectives, average gun ownership by state, polled households with guns, etc.
All data shows that well over 95% of suicides are spur of the moment.
Again, many of the relevant issues I mentioned, however, are not covered, nor could they be. Registration laws vary including what guns require registration. Some folks don't report owning guns. Shot guns do not typically require registration, etc. An accurate national registry of all guns would be required for a study like this to be accurate, but that can never happen. Once they start requiring it, they will have access to even less accurate data because many folks won't comply.
It was tackled from the gun purchases direction too, with any social study there will never be a complete elimination of variables, perhaps gun owners are just much more likely to snap and kill themselves, we don't know but we can make safe inferences from major discrepancies in data.
The male vs female suicide discrepancy is actually mainly down to gun usage. This is certainly not a case of blaming the tool but rather discovering the role that the tool plays in the process.
Guns don't cause suicides, guns don't do anything. If you believe otherwise then, well, you figure it out.
They don't do anything, now you are saying they can enable someone? Do they whisper in the ear? Do they give the suicidal person positive affirmation of their feelings?
Guns are inanimate objects incapable of doing anything without physical human contact.
Do you still believe in the tooth fairy?
Yes they enable people to kill themselves when they would otherwise not or would otherwise fail (as the statistics bear out). I think you may be struggling with this so I will simplify.
No gun in house = low suicide rate
Gun in house = higher suicide rate
Thus guns are affecting the rate of suicide. Thus people should be aware of this to properly know the risks of owning a gun (a much greater rate of teen suicide for their children for example).
Yup, suicide rates are much lower in households without guns, they in fact do not try something else, suicide is statistically speaking usually a split second decision, lacking an easy way to do it makes people take some time before they do and change their mind.
As wilderness pointed out also, guns are a very successful method of suicide, other methods often do not kill people and most people are unlikely to try again. For example research was done on people who were stopped when trying to kill themselves on the Golden gate Bridge, over 95% never attempted it again.
This is why parents with kids in the house need to keep their guns locked up.
One of the reasons anyway - there are certainly more.
My cousin's daughter killed herself with a gun that was safely locked in a cabinet. She was an adult, and had demonstrated no signs of wanting to harm herself. She had access to the locked cabinet (as a responsible adult in the household) and there was never a reason to think she needed help or counseling. She took the gun out of the cabinet early one morning before going to work, while her parents were asleep. She was later found in a parking lot, in her car. It was truly sad; something parents never recover from experiencing.
Sadly, we can't prevent all crime, and we can't stop all suicides. It's always horrible.
This is certainly true. Owning a gun is a responsibility. Good things generally come with gun ownership, but there are possible consequences too. Isn't that true about just about many of the freedoms we enjoy?
Ultimately, it is a sad truth that crime and suicide will continue regardless of whether or not gun ownership expands or not. The root problem isn't gun access; it's caused depression, bullying, poor economic situations, drug and alcohol abuse, gangs, and so many other issues. Guns are only the tool by which some commit their crime.
Are you doing all right? I just read one of your comments and thought is Josak depressed? Please. if you are depressed do something positive. I just listened to someone talk about the purpose of living. She is an advocate for the disabled. She has testified before congress and traveled the world helping people. She is a quadriplegic and has been in a wheel chair for 45 years. but she has lived life to the fullest.
I wish I could send you some of our California sunshine. Sitting in the sun is always the best cure for depression. Fact not just perception. Increased vitamin D helps depression dramatically.
Guns facilitate suicides. Suicide using guns is easier, faster and a sure way to die. This is just me not backed by researches.
Because of this startling statistic, ALL guns must be banned.
We must also ban all cars, as it is a proven fact that more people who own a car are involved in car accidents than those who do not.
We must also ban computers, as it is a proven fact that more children who are exposed to computers see pornography on the Internet.
We must ban soda, as it is a proven fact that more people who consume this beverage are overweight.
The comparisons go on and on.
Freedom. Choices. Common sense.
Now, now. So far no one has been silly enough to propose that. So far, anyway...
It's just a sad statistic that says we need to work on mental illness so far.
"We must ban soda, as it is a proven fact that more people who consume this beverage are overweight."
They have come close with this one.
I never said any such thing, it is however (I think) an argument for better mental health checks for those purchasing guns and a reminder to keep those guns safely stored where children and teenagers cannot access them unsupervised.
Also it is something more people should be aware of so they can better know the risks of buying a gun before doing so.
You are right. Freedom requires responsibility. When one has a gun in their home, they do need to educate/train their children, lock guns away, and make sure accidents do not happen. Fair point.
I'm a bit concerned by your other statement. Yes, we need to make sure that only responsible people who are mentally stable have access to weapons. I believe we do this by enforcing existing laws, not by adding new laws. Additional regulation is not necessary and runs the risk of eroding our Constitutional rights, something we should fight to preserve.
Why don't they just buy a nice bottle of French Red and smile at everyone,then watch a cowboy film .
Another assumption is being made. That folks choosing to use guns are doing it because of convenience and expediency. I am sure that to some degree, for some, it is true. It may also mean they are very serious. Compare attempted suicides to successful suicides and you find different demographics have different success...the most glaring being males are successful much more often. If these decisions were spur of the moment and given another moment, the person may not have done it, your conclusions are relevant. We don't know. It may be that they are very determined and took an effective course because they were going to do it no matter what it took. A gun was the most sure bet, and had they not had access, they may have gained access another way or chosen their next most lethal option. You can't know, so again, not being able to interview dead people, all that is being done is speculation and assumption. As with crime, blaming the tool won't solve the problem. Suicidal folks have bigger issues than the creativity required to achieve their self destructive goal.
Good point. Cut wrists, poison, etc. give someone else a chance to intervene. I imagine that a gun user sometimes does it just to avoid that, some others want intervention. They don't actually want to die, they want someone to pay attention and a gun won't do that for them.
I ,....ah Im a little confused , "suicide is more likely to be succesful with a gun in the house ", okay is that like um skiing is more succesfful on ski's?
Owning a gun also tends to scare away socialists and their pet project: the criminals.
And it doesn't matter how many times you liberals produce a flawed study guns are not going anywhere! And thats a good thing.
I don't want them to, I own a few myself.
The fact that you are so upset about this being posted however can only lead to the inference that you would prefer people not accurately know the risks of gun ownership, which is pretty disturbing really.
Suicide is not a risk of gun ownership!
270,000,000 gun owners and 19,000 suicides involving firearms, thats not a risk. That isn't even worth the time it took me to post this.
And before you accuse me of being unfeeling towards people who kill themselves I will gladly admit that is true.
Firstly there are nowhere near 270 000 000 gun owners they are about that many GUNS in the US but the average gun ownership is about 3.8 so wrong on that count secondly 19 000 a year adds up to about one and a half million suicides in the average lifetime which is a pretty monumental number.
It is thus clearly a risk of gun ownership, particularly for teenagers of households with weapons, it's too bad you don't care, some people do.
You're right, had the number stuck in my head of guns in the U.S..
So roughly 52 million American households owning 260 million guns. The typical family size is what 4? I'll say 3, thats 156 million people who could possibly have access to a gun!
Still not even close to being a risk!
8,583 murders involving firearms in 2011 even less of a risk of being murdered by gun.
And no, I will never care if people kill themselves.
That's ridiculous. That's like saying driving a car increases your chances of being involved in an auto accident. Of course it does-- just like eating food increases your chances of being fat.
I don't know how they would accurately measure this. What is the control, and what is the test, in this study? How do you know these kids wouldn't have found a way to kill themselves without guns being around? If someone wants to kill themselves, and there's a gun around, of course they will use the quickest and easiest way. If not, well, we all know there are other ways, with lower success rates I suppose. I guess we don't like the gun because it has pretty much a 100% success rate. But seriously, how is this even a proveable study?
Suicide is in the vast majority of situations a spur of the moment act, lacking an efficient means will usually mean not doing it, as states several times 95%+ of people who were stopped from killing themselves on the Golden Gate bridge never tried again, that is why suicides are so much more common in households with guns, they provide and easy and effective method.
I seriously doubt that those who actually commit suicide come up with it in "spur of the moment." I would surmise it takes a hell of a lot of planning and preparation, and a series of events leading up to the particular decision.
How do you know those people would have killed themselves, or would have not killed themselves, anyway? My guess is someone who is serious about suicide isn't going to allow time for people to "convince" them not to do it (jump off the bridge, to reference your example). If you want to kill yourself, the best time to do it it is when nobody is around, and the best way to do it is a fool proof method (i.e., a gun, or perhaps jumping off a bridge).
There is no proof to this study. This is a good hypothesis, at best. You cannot ask someone who has killed themselves with a gun, whether it's a "spur of the moment" thing, can you? There is no control to this experiment, because all successful suicides are dead.
Josak , No way my friend , "a spur of he moment " No way , anyone one who is serious about suicide isn't ....anything about spur of the moment ! You will never convince me that suicide works that way .
You may be closed off to the facts but that does not change them, all studies bear this out, I already presented the Golden Gate study as an example.
And you would be correct. http://www.psychotherapybrownbag.com/ps … ction.html
Without question, impulsivity is related to suicidal behavior. That being said, the data do not support the notion that suicide attempts tend to occur on the "spur of the moment" without substantial planning. In fact, a study by Witte and colleagues (2008) indicated that impulsive individuals tend to plan their attempts more than non-impulsive individuals and studies by Baca-Garcia and colleagues (2001, 2005) demonstrated that the more impulsive an attempt is, the less medically serious it tends to be.
I thought this was interesting too:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/06/magaz … print&
It's a study of what happened after the British women lost one of their most common forms of suicide (a particular oven type) once those were replaced the suicide rate dropped by about a third and has stayed that way since.
Josak, when a child I remember this big girl,about 18 and she was found dead with her head inside the gas oven. Some thoughts were that she had meant to kill herself while other schools of thought were that she had merely been drying her hair to go out-----------later we had north sea gas ,I think it couldn't gas one!
Not sure ...
best to you Josak,
Men are more successful when attempting suicide, because they are more likely to use violent means, such as shooting, or hanging themselves. I appreciate the hub, in that you have tried to point out the risk and dangers, associated with gun ownership.
Oh! By the way ! Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli bullet as she was protecting Palestinian homes..
Please excuse my mistake as Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli Bulldozer while protecting Palestinian homes.....
I agree, Still it's not the gun that pulls the trigger. It's the person. I'm 58 years old and never ran across anything like this. You can shot without hunting or killing and have a great time. Just teach those around you to respect a gun, how to use it. It's just a tool. Cain killed his brother with an assault rock!
People need to wise up. did that rock just go off? No Cain pulled the trigger on that rock it wasn't the rock. By the way an assault weapon is NOT a semi auto it is a fully auto. Know what your talking about, some people believe the media.
I believe the hub was to inform people that homes with guns in them are, more likely to have a suicide, by a gun. It was simply to inform individuals how important it is to store them safely. Yes, people are killed everyday, and commit suicide, using other means. That is not arguable. Rather than the conversation tilting toward, what we can do to be more aware of the dangers associated with gun ownership, the argument is swayed toward, how stupid people are, such as Gabby Gifford's husband, or how Cain killed Abel. The topic being guns and suicide, might sway some to have sympathy for those who kill themselves, and possibly family member who will have to pick up the pieces.
I don't believe this hub was to insight a ban on gun control of any kind, but about mental health. Does anyone ever listen to another person anymore, or are we so afraid that their thoughts would infringe on our right to be "right?" Not everyone can agree on all things, but we can try to be conscious of each other, regarding the fears or concerns, one may have. We need to not open a discussion with being defensive, but ask the person, "why they feel that way?" No man is an island, so the saying goes, so it can't be all about "you" (speaking about all people, in general, not you particularly),
Communication; taking the time to listen and talk to each other, would go along way, whether it's the topic of suicide, or gun control.
"Owning a gun exponentially raises the chances of suicide."
"I don't believe this hub was to insight a ban on gun control of any kind, but about mental health."
What in the title leads you to believe this is about mental health?
Didn't Gabby Gifford's husband just recently attempt to purchase a gun, in order to prove how easy it was for almost anyone to purchase a gun? As far as I understand, upon hearing about his 'intentions', the gun shop owner canceled his order for the gun.
Why shouldn't it be easy for him to buy a gun? He has no history of mental health problems,drug addiction,alcohol addiction. The guy is a stand up dude! The truth is he bought an AR-15 and when the press got wind of it he decided since it made him look bad (no clue why) he concocted a story of purchasing the weapon to show how easy it is to buy one.
Making it harder for responsible citizens to buy a gun is just stupid! The only goal the liberals have in this country is to ban all firearms and they used the deaths of small children to move this political agenda further.
And now Josak is using suicide to hopefully advance this agenda, its all pretty disgusting to use the deaths of others to limit my constitutional right to keep and bear arms. But liberals never care how the agenda is advanced only that it is advanced!
Suicide is one huge grey area , to so easily place reasons, tags and labels on it is injust , facts and statistics , I find are less and less reliable as I age . Its so politically popular right now to blame the object [ here the gun ] , and to deny the reasons , the signs and the personal responsibity of friends and family and society . And what about the personal accountability of the one who choses to take their own life or anothers ,for that matter !
No one is allowed to own a gun in Japan yet they have a higher suicide rate than we do in the US. If you want to do it, sadly you'll find a way.
Lanza's incredible weapons inventory and writings indicate he was seriously deranged and was planning long in advance to slaughter as many children as he could. Police speculate that he hoped to exceed the record of Angers Breivik who killed 69 teenagers at a summer camp in Sweden.
"...An extensive assortment of ammunition and weapons, including rifles, knives and samurai swords; damaged computer equipment; journals; a newspaper clip of a school shooting at Northern Illinois University; and a report card from the time Adam Lanza attended Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"Document: Search Warrants for the Lanza Residence
"Those were among a chilling inventory of items the police found in the home where Mr. Lanza plotted one of the deadliest school shootings in the nation’s history, according to search warrants of the home unsealed on Thursday for the first time since the Newtown, Conn., massacre in December...."
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/29/nyreg … p&_r=0
Per the Article:
The evidence that gun availability increases the suicide rates of adults is credible, but is currently less compelling. Most of the disaggregate findings of particular studies (e.g. handguns are more of a risk factor than long guns, guns stored unlocked pose a greater risk than guns stored locked) are suggestive but not yet well established.
In other words, the study does not prove a correlation of guns in a home and an increase in suicides.
Suicide ! How about this , everyone of them could be prevented but for the symbolic turn your head away and think of something else , instead of an understanding society that reaches out to those most vulnerable , every suicide is planned in the midst of loved ones , schools full of "friends " , and bedrooms full of lovers , But do we reach out in any way of understanding ,No ,,,,its the guns fault! , thats moronic ! Shallow !
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