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Posts tagged "Suicide"
Sign the Petition to Support NY's Extreme Risk Protection Order Bill

Sign the Petition to Support NY’s Extreme Risk Protection Order Bill

Please help keep guns away from individuals in crisis by supporting New York’s Extreme Risk Protection Order bill (A.6994/ S.5447) (“ERPO”). September is Suicide Awareness Month–and we can reduce suicides in our state by enacting this crucial legislation. The ERPO bill would enable family members and others to petition a court to remove guns from individuals who... Read More
Suicide and Guns: "Breakup"

Suicide and Guns: “Breakup”

Suicide is often an impulsive act, particularly among young people. Public health experts agree that the success of suicide attempts depends on the lethalness of the means used. Because of the easy access to guns in American homes, nearly two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides. If fewer people had access to guns, the rate would fall... Read More
Guns on Campus Lead to Suicide Concerns

Guns on Campus Lead to Suicide Concerns

Besides concerns about guns on campus leading to accidental shootings and stifling debate in the classroom, experts are worried about increased suicides as well, according to a recent article featured on TheTrace.org. More than 1,000 suicides occur on college campuses each year in the U.S. Jeffrey Swanson, a medical sociologist at Duke University, says “We know that... Read More
Gun Deaths from Suicide Up in 2014

Gun Deaths from Suicide Up in 2014

Gun deaths from suicide increased in 2014, making up a larger proportion of gun deaths in both New York State and the U.S. While gun suicides were up, gun homicides were down, for both the state and the country. Suicides made up 54.2% of the New York gun deaths, and 63.6% of the nation’s gun... Read More
States prove it: Background checks save lives.

States prove it: Background checks save lives.

States like New York that require background checks on all gun sales have almost 50% less domestic homicides, law enforcement homicides, and suicides, according to a recent report by Everytown for Gun Safety. In the states that require background checks for unlicensed, “private” handgun sales, Read More