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Gun Suicide

Gun Suicide

What is the problem?

Gun suicide claims the lives of 23,000 people in America every year. This public health crisis should be addressed to reduce gun violence in this country.

Though gun violence conversations tend to focus on homicides, nearly two-thirds of all gun deaths in the U.S. are suicides. That’s an average of 63 deaths a day. These deaths are preventable, too. Policies and practices that focus on disrupting access to firearms in times of crisis have been proven to reduce firearm suicides.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text HOME to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line for free from anywhere in the U.S.

Why is it an issue?

A gun leaves no room for a second chance.

Most people who attempt suicide do not die—unless they use a gun. Across all suicide attempts without a gun, 4% result in death. But when a gun is involved, that figure skyrockets to 90%. That second chance matters: the vast majority of people who survive a suicide attempt do not go on to die from a later attempt. The research shows that the difference between living to see a better day or dying by suicide is often determined by the presence of a gun. Given the unique lethality of firearms as a means of suicide, addressing gun suicide is an essential element of any strategy to reduce gun violence in this country.

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