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    You write:  "Guns are the most popular way of committing suicide in America today, accounting for more suicides that all other suicide methods combined."

    The few clinical psychologists that I know who study suicide and suicidality would write something more like:

    'Most people who die by suicide use a firearm... etc.'

    because they view many (though not all) of them as victims of the mental illnesses  you note.  

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    by syntaxin on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 01:23:33 PM PDT

    •  Both are true (3+ / 0-)

      Both statements are true:

      "Guns are the most popular way of committing suicide in America today, accounting for more suicides that all other suicide methods combined."

      and

      "'Most people who die by suicide use a firearm"

      I confess I do not understand the distinction you are making.

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

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 01:42:13 PM PDT

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      •  The term "commit" (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm not that sensitive about it really, but to some folks, "commit suicide" is a morally loaded phrase that's mildly insensitive or at least outdated, because as you note, people who die by suicide frequently suffer mental illness and are victims of transient misguided/irrational/catastrophic thinking about their life's worth.  We "commit" homicide and a host of other crimes.  We no longer prosecute people legally for attempted suicide.  They're recognized as ill.  They (hopefully) get care from a trained clinician (psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.)  

        All I was trying to point out.      

        Proud member of the surreality-based community.

        by syntaxin on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 04:54:00 PM PDT

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