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    BeninSC

    From a recent study on gun violence across seven states:

    Of all suicide attempts, suicide by firearm accounted for only 5%, while poisoning/cutting/piercing accounted for 85%. However, the fatality rate for attempts varies wildly. Overall, 13% of all attempts were successful, while 91% of gun attempts were successful and only 3% of the poisoning/cutting/piercing attempts were fatal. Suffocation/hanging (6% of all attempts) was successful 80% of the time.
    People use guns to kill themselves because it's by far the easiest, most effective method. The next-most lethal method is 11% less successful (and takes significantly more effort). We should be trying to reduce the number of suicides, not just fatalistically giving up and saying, "oh well, suicidal people are just going to do everything they can to kill themselves, so we shouldn't even try to prevent it."

    "In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction." -Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

    by rigcath on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:24:57 AM PST

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