September is Suicide Prevention Month. And so, here is a bit about gun violence and suicide and mental illness.
If you want to make a serious impact on reducing gun violence deaths, you need to target suicide.
Fun facts about gun suicides!
They are over 90% (some say 95%) effective!
Gun suicide is the most common method, accounting for more deaths than all other methods combined (and this isn’t even counting homicides that most people believe are suicide. For example, suicide rates in African American communities are extremely low, but homicide rates are higher than average. Most experts believe that suicidal people in these communities put themselves into a situation to be murdered as a way out. Similar logic applies to a significant proportion of motor vehicular accidents).