Guns. Do. Not. Make. You. Safer.
They greatly increase your odds of dying. They increase your odds of offing someone you don't want to kill. They increase the odds a kid finds your gun and offs someone, including themselves.
"Over the last two decades, suicide rates have risen dramatically across the country. And while firearms are used in less than 10 percent of all suicide attempts, they account for more than half of all suicide deaths. Gun violence and mass shootings make frequent headlines, but nearly two-thirds of firearm deaths are the result of suicide, not homicide.
Restricting access to lethal means, at least temporarily, during a time of crisis can prevent suicide. Even if one wishing to attempt suicide were to substitute a different method, he or she is far more likely to survive that attempt because firearms are the most lethal means available. And the vast majority of individuals who survive a suicide attempt do not go on to die from suicide in the future." Johns Hopkins
"If a person is determined to kill him/herself, nothing is going to stop them
FALSE-Even the most severely depressed person has mixed feelings about
death, wavering until the very last moment between wanting to live and
wanting to die. Most people contemplating suicide do not want death;
they want their pain to stop. The impulse to end it all, however
overpowering, does not last forever."
"Of every three deaths involving guns, only one is a homicide—the other two are suicides.
And according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in rural areas of Maryland, suicide rates are 35 percent higher than in urban settings—a disparity that can be attributed to greater use of firearms in rural settings.
In a new study published online today in the American Journal of Public Health, study leader Paul Sasha Nestadt, a post-doctoral fellow in the Bloomberg School's Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program, suggests that more robust rural firearm safety and control initiatives could help policymakers who are grappling with rising suicide rates, which rose to 13.3 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015, the highest rate in 30 years."