There are 20,000 gun suicides in the U.S. every year, more than 50 every single day. That’s more than half of all suicides and two-thirds of all gun deaths.
Research shows a gun in the home makes a suicide three times more likely. There are a few reasons why the presence of a gun in the home is a risk factor for suicide. First is the surprising impulsivity of many suicide attempts. Guns are also so much more lethal than other methods. Most people who survive a suicide attempt do not go on to die by suicide, but only one in 10 people who attempt suicide by gun get that second chance.
Limiting easy access to a gun for someone who considers or even attempts suicide can literally be the difference between life and death.
- The firearm suicide rate has increased more than 13 percent between 2007 and 2013
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults aged 10 to 24 years
- 85 to 91 percent of firearm suicide attempts are fatal
The goals of the report are:
- Focusing much-needed attention on the problem of firearm suicide in the United States
- Increasing understanding of the strong link between firearms and suicide
- Heightening awareness of the increased risk for suicide associated with having a firearm in the home
- Raising awareness that suicide can be prevented
- Increasing awareness that limiting access to lethal suicide means, such as firearms and medications, can save lives