Some Gun Laws Tied to Lower Suicide Rates

NYT, 15 March 2017
Author: Nicholas Bakalar
“Background checks and waiting periods for gun purchases are associated with lower suicide rates. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the national suicide rate is now 13 per 100,000, a 30-year high. Researchers found that states with universal background checks had a decrease of 0.29 suicides per 100,000 people from 2013 to 2014. Those without such laws had an average increase of 0.85.”
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