Finally! A ray of hope for the sane majority.
A series of recent reports reveal that guns are by far the tool of choice by American suicides. As the New York Times concluded, “Nearly two-thirds of the 30,000 gun deaths each year are not the work of deranged mass shooters but the suicides of troubled individuals with easy access to firearms, often in quiet family homes.”
Furthermore, guns are ‘way more effective: “Firearms are a far more lethal means of suicide than other options. They are fatally effective in 85 percent of cases, while pill overdoses succeed only 2% of the time, according to the Harvard Injury Control Research Center.”
And finally, in states where guns are more prevalent among its residents, so are suicides: “Another Harvard study, from 2007, found that on average states with the highest firearms ownership rates suffered twice as many suicides as states with the lowest gun ownership.”
What these cheerful statistics indicate is gun owners are doing a better job of policing themselves than even the most extreme paranoid fantasy scenario, where black-booted government thugs descend on innocent citizens in the dark of night to confiscate weapons. By offing themselves at such remarkable rates, they make society a safer place one lunatic gun owner at a time.
True, it doesn’t get the gun itself out of circulation. But as the National Rifle Selling Association (NRA) has insisted for decades, Guns Don’t Kill Themselves, People Kill Themselves. Either way, after a suicide, there’s one less unstable person with a weapon to brandish. And one more parking spaces, too! Win Win!
While the image of a nation of trigger-happy nut jobs blowing their own brains out doesn’t quite inspire national pride, think of it instead as an entire army of citizens — that “well-armed militia” again! — so passionate about its Second Amendment rights it’s willing to die for them.
I think the NRA should promote this method of gun control as a productive alternative to gun buy-backs or limiting magazine size. Wayne Le Pee-Air was right: The only answer to a bad guy with a gun is a suicide with a gun.
Cold Dead Hands — that’s what I’m talkin’ about.