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originally posted by: framedragged
a reply to: Answer
No, that isn't what happens.
Almost all suicide attempts fail if they aren't using a gun.
Almost all suicide attempts succeed if they are using a gun.
"According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health3, in the US there were 8.3m adults who had serious thoughts of committing suicide, and 2.3m who had actually made plans to commit to suicide. Of those, 1.1m actually attempted suicide, but only just over 33,000 succeeded. Which would make the ratio of failure to success 33 to 1."
Guns and Suicide
"...75% of all suicide attempts are by the use of drugs. These people are found alive 97% of the time. Those who succeed in using drugs to attempt suicide are successful only 3% of the time. By contrast, more than 90% of all suicide attempts by use of firearms are successful. The bottom line is that anyone using a gun to commit suicide is not likely to have their call for help heard and responded to before its too late."
Your average suicide has a success rate of 1/33 = 3%
Your average suicide with a gun has a success rate of 90%.
Guns make suicide far easier and more effective than any other option. Fight the stats all you want.
originally posted by: bhliberal
This is just another reason for strong gun control. Let's watch and see that the perpetrator had a legally obtained firearm. I'm almost willing to bet.
originally posted by: defcon5
Now please show me where it states an individual’s right to own weaponry without anything stated regarding its use as part of a “well regulated militia”?