Through The Static

July 6, 2008

Surprising fact: Half of gun deaths are suicides

Filed under: Culture,Gun Control — disciplepete @ 11:31 pm

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

ATLANTA (AP) — The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on gun ownership last week focused on citizens’ ability to defend themselves from intruders in their homes. But research shows that surprisingly often, gun owners use the weapons on themselves.

Suicides accounted for 55 percent of the nation’s nearly 31,000 firearm deaths in 2005, the most recent year for which statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There was nothing unique about that year – gun-related suicides have outnumbered firearm homicides and accidents for 20 of the last 25 years. In 2005, homicides accounted for 40 percent of gun deaths. Accidents accounted for 3 percent. The remaining 2 percent included legal killings, such as when police do the shooting, and cases that involve undetermined intent.

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2 Comments »

  1. every time I hear about suicides, I think about how it’s statistically the #1 killer for API womyn from puberty to mid-30s.

    being a high-risk candidate based off being yeller, I should probably stay away from them guns.

    ::backs away::

    Comment by Aliiiiiiice — July 7, 2008 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

  2. That’s sad. I’ve heard that it’s also the #1 killer for queer teenagers and I think also for young Latina women. But I think for young people in general, the greatest causes of death are accidents and suicides (although I would guess the prevalence of each varies with the demographics).

    I heard that in Kerala, my parent’s home state in India, there was (maybe still is) an epidemic of high school kids committing suicide when they didn’t do well enough on college entrance exams.

    Comment by disciplepete — July 7, 2008 @ 2:16 pm | Reply


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