Current regulations allow easy access to firearms regardless if youíre qualified to purchase one.

The last thing the mentally ill need is easy access to firearms. Unfortunately current laws and regulations allow for this in the majority of stores that sell firearms. Itís time the loopholes are closed. Its time firearms are disabled by some type of restraint in the stores where they are sold (and most easily available to the unqualified). The need for legislation and regulations is of the highest priority. No one wants to become a victim or lose a friend or loved one.

  • Economic despair
  • Stress
  • Skyrocketing suicide rates of returning veterans
  • Clinical depression
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Drug and Alcohol abuse
  • Over 34,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year.
  • In 2007 (latest available data), there were 34,598 reported suicide deaths.
  • Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 18 and 65 years in the United States (28,628 suicides).
  • Currently, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States.
  • A person dies by suicide about every 15 minutes in the United States.
  • Every day, approximately 90 Americans take their own life.
  • Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
  • There are four male suicides for every female suicide, but three times as many females as males attempt suicide.
  • There are an estimated 8-25 attempted suicides for every suicide death.
  • Firearms are used in more suicides than homicides.
  • Death by firearms is the fastest growing method of suicide.
  • Firearms account for 50 percent of all suicides.

(source: AFSP.org)

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