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Friday, August 05, 2005

More gun deaths due to suicide than murders!

News Item from the Philadelphia Daily News on August 5, 2005

"Most of the people killed by guns in Pennsylvania during 2001-03 were suicides, according to a report by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council and the state Health Department. Suicides accounted for 2,112 - nearly 59 percent - of the 3,588 firearm deaths in the state during the three years - far more than assaults, accidents or any other reason, the report said. In rural counties, the proportion of shooting deaths that were suicides was much higher - nearly 86 percent. In urban counties, the figure was 55 percent, the report says."

I help out as a volunteer treasurer for a small non-profit that focuses on stemming the number of suicides especially among the young. But this stat was pretty amazing to me anyway. I did know that most male suicides use a gun but did not know that suicides exceeded murders from guns.

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