Suicidal people in states with high rates of gun ownership are more likely to use firearms when attempting suicide and are significantly more likely to die from their attempts, according to a new Harvard University study.
Researchers for the study, which was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, examined recent state-level gun ownership statistics to determine whether there's a correlation between firearm ownership and suicide mortality rates.
While there is little variation in rates of suicide attempts between states with high and low gun ownership, states with high gun ownership experience four times more gun-related suicide deaths.
The study notes that previous studies have concluded that suicide attempts involving firearms are significantly more likely to be successful than those without.
“Firearms in the home impose suicide risk above and beyond the baseline risk and help explain why, year after year, several thousand more Americans die by suicide in states with higher than average household firearm ownership compared with states with lower than average firearm ownership,” researchers wrote in the study.
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