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- Mar 18, 2005
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Have you ever spoken to someone who has attempted suicide? Many are hesitant or stymied by method. They want to die, they don't want to suffer. Killing yourself with a sword is agonizing. Generally speaking, killing yourself with a gun is not.
Methods matter to potential suicide victims. I wasn't claiming that a lack of guns would end suicide, but it is part of the equation.
I'm going to have to strongly disagree. People who want to kill themselves will find ways of doing so, regardless of whether or not firearms are available.
For example, we can look at Denmark, which has strict limitations on firearms ownership by its civilians. Despite this forbiddance, they have double the suicide rate of the United States of America, according to the 1996 FBI Uniform Crime Report and the 1996 UN Demographic Yearbook statistics. France, with its strict gun control, also has a much higher suicide rate than the USA, as does Japan with its strict forbiddance.