By Tom Knighton
Gun grabbers will try anything to justify their determination to ignore our God-given right to keep and bear arms. One of the more idiotic tactics they employ is to count the number of suicides committed with a firearm as data regarding the innate danger presented by a relatively simple tool.
Recently, a study out of Maryland purported to show just how dangerous guns were with regard to suicide. Unfortunately, as Dean Weingarten at Gun Watch notes, they kind of shoot themselves in the foot (pun fully intended):
Their studies about suicides “caused” by firearms ownership, tend to be junk science. Consider a recent “study” published only with the American Public Health Association. It was done about suicides in Maryland. Maryland is densely populated, and has extremely strict gun control. Only 3.5% of the suicides were in rural areas. The numbers are likely correct, but the interpretation leaves much to be desired. From reuters.com:
In particular, doctors need to pay close attention to gun use and mental health for men, the study results suggest.
That’s because 89 percent of the gun-related suicides occurred among men, and because the higher rural suicide rate was only true for men.
Firearm suicide rates were 36 percent higher for rural men than urban men. But rural women were 37 percent less likely to commit suicide than urban women, regardless of the method.
The author of the study draws this mind numbing conclusion, directly in contradiction to the evidence just cited:
“Access to guns in the home creates a higher risk of suicide for family members whether or not there are known mental health concerns,” Nelson said. “Secure gun storage – locked, preferably in a storage cabinet, and unloaded with ammunition locked up separately – should be routine in gun-owning homes.”