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  •  the effects of gun availability on suicide rates (6+ / 0-)
    1-2. Gun availability is a risk factor for suicide (literature reviews).

    We performed reviews of the academic literature on the effects of gun availability on suicide rates. The preponderance of current evidence indicates that gun availability is a risk factor for youth suicide in the United States.  The evidence that gun availability increases the suicide rates of adults is credible, but is currently less compelling.  Most of the disaggregate findings of particular studies (e.g. handguns are more of a risk factor than long guns, guns stored unlocked pose a greater risk than guns stored locked) are suggestive but not yet well established.

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    by annieli on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 09:00:16 AM PDT

    •  Yeah, I was going to add a guy I know of who had a (4+ / 0-)
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      fight with his wife, drove miles to the place they got married and shot himself.

      I have to think that it would be harder to commit suicide without a gun.

      Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature. If I had Bill Gates money, I'd buy Detroit.

      by ZenTrainer on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 11:41:29 AM PDT

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    •  asdf (2+ / 0-)
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      For information on the most lethal methods of suicide, a good starting point is the statistics on the number of successful suicides by method. There is also a much published study from 1995, where 291 lay persons and 10 forensic pathologists rated the lethality, time, and agony for 28 methods of suicide for 4,117 cases of completed suicide in Los Angeles County in the period 1988-1991.

      They were asked to rate each method as follows:

      Lethality: How likely is the method to cause death (where 0% is no chance, and 100% is absolute certainty)

      Time: An opinion on the length of time the method will require to produce death

      Agony: The amount of pain and discomfort you would expect from the use of the particular method (ranked on scale of 0 to 100 where 0 is no pain/discomfort and 100 is the most pain/discomfort possible)

      CE Rhyne, DI Templer, LG Brown and NB Peters, “Dimensions of Suicide: Perceptions of Lethality, Time and Agony”, in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Vol. 25(3), 1995.

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      by annieli on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 12:02:41 PM PDT

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