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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 5:00 AM

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Re: Suicide and gun control

“Reduce the availability of guns.” Not so fast. It has been found that there is no correlation between firearm ownership and homicide and suicide rates. Many of the countries with the strictest firearms prohibitions have higher homicide and suicide rates than nations without such restrictions.

Japan has extreme firearms prohibitions, and its suicide rate is 23.8 per 100,000.

Russia also has extreme firearm prohibitions including a total ban on civilian firearms. Yet, its murder rate is 12 per 100,000 and a suicide rate of 21.7 per 100,000.

By contrast, the U.S. murder rate is 4.8 per 100,000, and the U.S. suicide rate 11.8 per 100,000.

“It’s hard to jump off a bridge or building.” It is easier to jump off a bridge or building than it is to purchase a firearm. You don’t have to go through a background check to cross a bridge.

Gun control does not equal suicide control, so this is just another insufficient justification for citizen disarmament and the elimination of our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

William Ewart
University of Tennessee


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