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  •  Well... (7+ / 0-)
    there is scant evidence of a causal link between gun violence and mental illness,and where it exists are in the most extreme disorders in which people are out of touch with reality
    ...yes, if you're talking about homicide.

    One of my big problems with gun debates is how people blithely dismiss the effect of guns in the house on people who are suicidal.

    I'm still here talking to you because my parents did not keep guns in the house when I was 15. I've said this before, but they were able to sew my wrist back together--if my parents had kept guns, they wouldn't have been able to put my brains back in my head.

    And since my 17-year-old daughter inherited the depression (and, if anything, it's worse than mine), yes, I would like to see her prevented by law from having any access to firearms just in case she gets a stupid idea in her head and I'm not around to stop her.

    Firearm suicides COUNT in this discussion. These are all estimates, of course, but suicide-by-gun is estimated to be successful 85 percent of the time. No other method is over 50, and only hanging is close. Wrist-slitting? 25. Pills? 15. Guns? 85. Not having guns in the house is THE NUMBER ONE suicide-prevention tactic if you've got someone suicidal around.

    CoB, eternally grateful his parents hate guns.

    "Maybe: it's a vicious little word that could slay me"--Sara Bareilles

    by ChurchofBruce on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 08:35:34 AM PST

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    •  This is true (4+ / 0-)

      And no, I don't discount suicides at all. I'm taking a break from here for a bit to hang out with the little one (she has a snow day) but there was some data about this I found, showing how having a gun in the home is a risk factor for suicide, and that firearms are used in a disproportionally large number of impulsive suicides...I'll find it and link to it when I get back.

      You must work-we must all work-to make a world that is worthy of its children -Pablo Casals Please support TREE Climbers for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

      by SwedishJewfish on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:49:06 AM PST

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      •  Yeah, I've seen it (0+ / 0-)

        but I forget where as well :)

        Hope you enjoyed your snow day. I had one as well--my University shut down for the day. As did my kids' schools. I'm North of Boston, so it's just starting to get deep as hell out there :)

        "Maybe: it's a vicious little word that could slay me"--Sara Bareilles

        by ChurchofBruce on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:22:49 PM PST

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