Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: August 31, 2016
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
GUN LOBBY SHOULD DO MORE TO PREVENT GUN SUICIDES, RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT DANGERS OF A GUN IN THE HOME
WASHINGTON – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a Connecticut-based corporate gun lobby group, has thrown its support behind an effort to reduce gun-related suicides by nearly 5 percent over the next decade, as reported by The Trace. While any effort to educate about suicide is deserving of merit, NSSF misses the mark when it comes to recognizing the risk factors that go along with keeping a gun in the home.
The gun industry’s products are used in more than 20,000 suicides in America every year, and that’s where any serious solution needs to start. The mere presence of a gun in the home, regardless of how it’s stored, makes suicide three times more likely.
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said, “The gun lobby has spent years building an atmosphere of hysteria and fear, creating a terrifying world where their product is the only hope for safety– and to deadly effect. The myth upon which they have built their business, that a gun somehow makes you safer, is literally costing lives. So it’s not surprising that a gun in the home increases the risk of suicide threefold, especially when you consider that 9 out of 10 suicide attempts with a gun are fatal.
"If the gun industry really wants to do something, they need to stop the phony, dangerous propaganda and start talking about the undeniable risk that comes with keeping a gun in the home. Because when 20,000 Americans every year die by suicides with your product, you have to do more. And here the facts are clear. There is one, surefire way to drastically reduce the number of Americans who die from suicide each year: keep guns out of the home or, at the very least, keep them locked away with the ammunition stored separately.”
In the United States, guns are used in the vast majority of all lethal suicide attempts. So the Brady Center has released an updated version of its exhaustive 28-page report, The Truth About Suicide and Guns, detailing the troubling link between suicide and gun ownership and offering an array of effective solutions. The original report was released last fall with a video of Farid Naib recounting the suicide of his son, Cayman.
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About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother’s Day 2000.