Youth Suicide Rates Are Higher In States With High Gun Ownership, According To A New Study

Handguns and bullets on a table.

Securing firearms and preventing easy access to firearms via "safe storage" laws and other practices may reduce rates of youth suicide.

"Rates of youth suicide are higher in states with high gun ownership, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Researchers studied 10 years of teenage suicide rates and found that gun ownership 'is a factor that really is highly predictive for what the youth suicide rate is going to be,' said Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health and one of the paper’s authors."

Author: Adhiti Bandlamudi.

Outlet: North Carolina Public Radio.

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