The Relationship Between Firearm Availability and Suicide

by Rajeev Ramchand

Oct 24, 2017

Empirical research on the causal effects of firearm availability on the risk of suicide is consistent with the claim that firearms increase suicide risk, but this research cannot yet rule out some other explanations for observed associations between guns and suicide. There are, however, theoretical or logical arguments for believing firearms elevate suicide risk that are sufficiently compelling that individuals and policymakers might reasonably choose to assume that gun availability does increase the risk of suicide. 

The Relationship Between Firearm Availability and Suicide
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