In 2010, the last year for which complete numbers are available, the number of gun deaths by suicide in the United States outnumbered homicides 19,392 to 11,078. If you add up all American gun deaths that year, including accidents, 3 out of 5 people who died from gunshot wounds took their own lives. Those figures are not an anomaly: With just a few exceptions, the majority of gun deaths in the United States have been self-inflicted every year since at least 1920.
This Boston Globe article from January isn’t telling us anything we don’t already know; there are far more gun suicides than homicides, and that has almost always been the case.
Every human being has ups and downs in their lives, and some people hit lows that are so low that they convince themselves that ending their lives is a better option than fighting forward. Like many of you, I know someone who silently suffered without sharing his pain with anyone else, and the first I knew of his torment was a phone call telling me that he had ended his life.
There has to be a better option than suicide, which is something on which gun owners and gun control advocates can agree… or at least, so one Moms Demand Action supporter thought.
— Debs (@deborahdouhner) October 26, 2013
— Debs (@deborahdouhner) October 28, 2013
She thought wrong.