The Truth About Suicide & Guns | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

The Truth About Suicide & Guns

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.

Key Facts:

  • 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


Download the full report