A Proven Way to Prevent Suicide
Although the issue is complicated, the essay draws upon some pretty clear data that points to some much-needed reforms:
- The risk for suicide increases anywhere from 2 to 10 times when a gun is in the home
- States with fewer gun owners report fewer suicides–by a wide margin
The NEJM ends up debunking a common suicide myth–that if you are serious about committing suicide, you will do so whether a gun is present or not. That simply isn't the case.
So what do the authors recommend? A straightforward and logical response: People who are at high risk for suicide should have limited access to firearms until the suicidal feelings have passed.