John catches a serious play on the suicide numbers. I added emphasis!
Only 10% of suicide attempts are from guns? That is not what the anti gun crowd has been crowing for all the years I've been listening.
Did you catch that too?Me, talking amongst myself, says the anti gun folks are caught lying again!
Hemenway and Miller explain that firearms availability increases the risk of suicide for three reasons. First, "many suicidal acts -- one third to four fifths of all suicide attempts, according to studies -- are impulsive," with the vast majority of survivors waiting less than 1 hour between the decision to commit suicide and the attempt. Second, many suicide crises are temporary, which is why "more than 90% of people who survive a suicide attempt... do not go on to die by suicide." Third, guns are extremely lethal; "A suicide attempt with a firearm rarely affords a second chance. Attempts involving drugs or cutting, which account for more than 90% of all suicidal acts, prove fatal far less often."
Let's read that last sentence again... "Attempts involving drugs or cutting, which account for more than 90% of all suicidal acts, prove fatal far less often." So guns are used less than 10% of the time... and they're the biggest problem? Interesting...
As the "Coffee Talk" lady used to say on SNL... "Talk amongst yourselves."