Whenever the gun debate is sparked, someone will typically tout the total number of “gun deaths” as evidence that we should enact all kinds of gun control measures, usually anything from universal background checks to total licensing for gun ownership. The number of deaths, usually around 36,000 but varying from year to year, is big enough to scare a whole lot of people.
The problem, though, is that about two-thirds of those “gun deaths” are suicides.
Now, anyone with a somewhat functioning brain knows that suicides and murders are very different acts. In fact, many on the pro-gun side reject the idea of gun control curbing suicides at all. Even red flag laws, a measure that has been specifically touted as a means of combatting suicides, doesn’t really seem to help the issue.