My emphasis added.I'm sorry (not sorry), but I'm not willingly giving up my Big C rights for a [small] bunch of quitters who refuse to avail themselves of the myriad of pathways they can to get help to get over what they consider an untenable situation. Boo hoo.
On suicide, I'm not a stats guy but our suicide rate isn't high by world standards. stats And consider that authoritarian countries likely under report negative news as a routine matter whereas our own authorities finesse the crap out of every factoid to fit their narrative. Change my mind.
We all lament when a teen offs themselves becuz yada yada but on a nat'l scale there seems a direct correlation between aging and suicide with white oldsters leading the way all down the scale. 2016 data: old guys
|(years)||10 – 14||15 – 24||25 – 34||35 – 44||45 – 54||55 – 64||65 – 74||75+||Unknown||All|
"White men account for nearly 70% of suicides in the United States."
Big whoop. And the older whites have more access to guns, by far, but also are "patients with chronic pain are twice as likely to attempt suicide compared with those without chronic pain." When the day comes that we can get an RX for a death cocktail, I'd bet gun suicide deaths drop to nothing. Takers?
I'm sure plenty of folks are against death cocktails too. I say we need a const'l amend allowing them.
Mental health aspects of younger people: "Studies have found very high rates of suicide in people with autism spectrum disorders, including high functioning autism and what was formerly known as Asperger syndrome. Autism and particularly Asperger syndrome are highly associated with clinical depression and as many as 30 percent or more of people with Asperger syndrome also suffer from depression.
Those with ADHD are 3-5 times more likely to die by suicide. A comorbidity of depression with ADHD is the best predictor of suicidal thoughts in adolescence." These two kid groups may well be helped by applying more resources. Let's do it.
But let's also face the reality a) that suicide isn't homicide and b) life is not that precious ... we're constantly breeding biological animals. There are 8 BILLION of us so far many without adequate food or water. Koyaanisqatsi ... Hopi for life out of balance and a must see for realists worldwide.
We have much larger fish to fry than gun suicides. Guns are far more efficient for suicide. That is a feature, not a bug.