Guns, kids and suicidal tendencies: A risky combination
Nearly 20 percent of children and young people at risk for suicide say there's a gun in their home, new research shows.
Nearly 20 percent of children and young people at risk for suicide say there's a gun in their home, USA Today reports. Among these youths, 15 percent know how to get their hands on both the gun and bullets, new research shows.
“That's a volatile mix: kids at risk and the means to complete suicide,” Stephen Teach told the newspaper. Teach will present his study today at a meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Washington.
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Nearly 2,000 young people in the United States ages 5 to 19 committed suicide in 2010. Almost half of these suicides involved firearms.
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Here’s a quick look at some of the findings of the study:
- Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among teens ages 15 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Research suggests that about one-third of children live in homes with a firearm.
- About 1.5 million children live in a household where guns are kept loaded and unlocked.
- Research shows that keeping a gun in the home increases the risk of suicide by nearly five times.
- According to the CDC, 85 percent of suicide attempts with guns prove fatal, compared with 1 to 2 percent of attempts made by slashing one's wrists or taking pills.
- One-fourth of teens who survived a suicide attempt said they thought of suicide just five minutes before making the attempt.
- According to the CDC, 8 percent of high school students have attempted suicide in the past year, while less than 1 percent of adults ages 18 to 54 have attempted suicide in the past 12 months.
- Fewer than 10 percent of those who survive a suicide attempt go on to kill themselves.
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They are all Obama supporters w/ buyers remorse for giving him another term. I would do the suicide route also.
Try remembering being a teenager. Times are far different from when I was a teenager and that was only 16 years ago. Suicide sadly is on the rise and children much younger than 15-18 are killing themselves on a daily basis. Yes, methods other than guns can be used to kill oneself. However suicide by gun has the highest success rate. What's wrong with educating and asking questions in an attempt to lower the rate of suicides?
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