Researchers: Gun Ownership Tied to More Youth Suicides – Only Not with Guns


courtesy Michigan Education Association

They do enjoy pushing these statistics with their own unique interpretation and twist on reality:

Youth suicides happen more often in U.S. states with high rates of household gun ownership, a recent study found.

In the 10 states with the highest youth suicide rates, 53 percent of households owned guns. In the 10 states with the lowest youth suicide rates, only 20 percent of households owned guns, according to the study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Wait, what?

Higher levels of household gun ownership were associated with higher rates of overall youth suicide – not necessarily suicide by firearm, the research team found.

– Ankur Banerjee for Rock947, More Youth Suicides Seen in States with High Gun Ownership Rates

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it until I’m blue in the face: the mental health care system is broken. It isn’t about the method of suicide, people, it’s about the mental status of the person in question.

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