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    Inland, BeninSC

    You are correct: a large bottle of deadly pills is never any farther away than the closest super-market.

    BUT...guns are the method of choice, used in over half of all successful suicides.  Why?  Because a gun is quick, easy, and reliably lethal.  That combo of features is not available with any other method.

    Now if you take away all the guns, does that mean you stop half of suicides.  I'm guessing not.  I'm guessing that some of those people who would have killed themselves using a gun, are bound and determined to kill themselves and will try some other method, and some of those will succeed in killing themselves.

    And I'm also guessing that some of those people who would have killed themselves using a gun, would have to think about it harder if guns are not around.  These people might get cold feet, or decide the effort is too much, or something.  Some of these will not kill themselves, or not succeed using another method.

    So, I'm guessing that if guns are not around, there would be some reduction in the total number of suicides.  

    But, this is a guess, because of course there has never been a time when guns are not around.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 06:42:25 PM PST

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