Americans in Crisis: Access to Guns Increases Death by Suicide
Every day in America, 93 people die from gun violence. Fifty-eight of those deaths, or nearly two-thirds, are suicides with guns. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows suicide with a gun is the most common and by far the most deadly suicide method. Just the availability and presence of a gun in the home is a strong predictor of gun suicide.
A new legislative tool, known as an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO), gives families, intimate partners, and law enforcement the chance to intervene by temporarily restricting access to guns for people at risk of harming themselves.
Limiting easy access to a gun for someone who considers or even attempts suicide can literally be the difference between life and death.