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Fri Nov 15, 2013, 05:53 PM

Some links regarding suicide and firearms:

There is a great big noisy thread in LBN regarding firearms and suicide, and there are a few links I thought belonged in here:

This NY Times Magazine article from 2008 was very interesting to me, and I thought worth the read.

Also, there's a lot of material at this Harvard (HSPS) Means Matter page, which DanTex posted in that thread. I was particularly interested in the Gun Shop Project, since I do think that gun store and range operators may be a viable point of intervention in some cases.

My take away is that it's important to understand how impulsive many suicide attempts can be, and how a delay or interruption (or survival) of a first attempt will often be life-saving. Intervention and removal of means is particularly important when the means is particularly effective (as firearms are).

I do not support policies that are intended to reduce, interfere with, or make more difficult gun ownership in general - even if the purpose is the laudable goal of suicide prevention. However, it seems that there are some strategies that are acceptable:
  • a brief waiting period (at least for a first gun purchase),
  • universal background checks (with efforts made to get everyone adjudicated to be a/in danger into the system),
  • suicide-prevention education and training materials for/at gun shops and ranges,
  • systems to remove firearms (temporarily, and with judicial protection) from those at risk,
  • help for families and caregivers in recognizing danger and reducing means,
  • obviously a much better health care system, and
  • most most most importantly careful thought about storage and access by individual gun owners...

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Sat Nov 16, 2013, 03:47 PM

1. Great suggestions, reasonable and sensible.

 

And I think these would be achievable and have results in short order.

Thanks!

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