Higher suicide rates among children and teens linked to gun ownership.

By |2019-01-20T08:52:58-08:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

Seems rather obvious.

Courtesy of NBC News

Suicide rates among U.S. children and teens have hit startling rates and a study now finds one clear predictor of youth suicide: gun ownership.

Youth suicides rates are higher in states with high gun ownership rates, a team at Boston University School of Public Health found.

“Household gun ownership was the single biggest predictor of youth suicide rate in a state,” Dr. Michael Siegel, a public health specialist at BU, told NBC News.

Siegel has been studying the relationships between gun ownership and homicide, suicide and other factors. It’s well known that people with access to a gun are far more likely to complete suicide. And some data had suggested that gun ownership in general was associated with higher suicide rates.

“For each 10 percentage-point increase in household gun ownership, the youth suicide rate increased by 26.9 percent,” they wrote in their report, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

“The only other factors that were associated with overall youth suicide rates were the suicide attempt rate and the percentage of youth who were Native American,” they added.

“Together, the model explained 92 percent of the variation in overall youth suicide rates across the 47 states.”

Once again the statistics prove that gun ownership results in far more lives being lost than lives or property being protected. 

The fallacy of gun ownership keeping families safe is just that, a fallacy. 

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  1. Paul January 21, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Alaska has the highest suicide rate in this age group at 15.2 per 100,000. This is almost five times California’s rate of 3.1. Eight of the ten states with the lowest rates are blue states. Conversely, of the highest ten states, eight are red states. Though I don’t know for sure since I did not read the entire report, my bet is that there is a direct correlation to gun control laws. Here is the full report:


  2. Anonymous January 21, 2019 at 9:40 am

    My daughters boyfriend owns a bunch of guns. It makes me nervous. I mean whats gonna happen if she breaks up with him. They are midteens and we are alaskans.

    • HRH January 21, 2019 at 10:00 am

      Send her to Maine.

      • HRH January 21, 2019 at 10:02 am


  3. Maureen January 21, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Access to lethal tools always is a concern.

  4. Rawstory January 21, 2019 at 1:43 pm

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    In a private Facebook message with Wayne Besen founder of Truth Wins Out, a non-profit that fights anti-gay prejudice, Matheson confessed he was in search of a male partner. He failed to condemn his past life and anti-gay rhetoric. He also said that he remains a Mormon despite his sexual preference.

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  5. PoopTown January 21, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    We’re full up with humanity in this world, more than mother earth can support, so if someone decides to check out that’s okay. It’s called free will, and not every person born is capable of living this life.

  6. puck January 22, 2019 at 10:31 am

    we had a horrible here in Eau Claire just two weeks ago. a 12 year old boy shot himself in the head with dad’s gun-behind our store. boss said there was bits of head everywhere. next to our store there is a place where children that age can go after school. they didn’t help the boy at all. all we can do is keep an eye on the kids and tell them they can talk to us. where was the help that child needed? and how did he get dad’s gun? it was said to be a good family. fuck that. abuse begins at home.

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