Neil Senior MD

To reduce suicide by gun, we must reduce access to handguns

Sixty percent of all gun deaths in the United States are suicides. In Vermont, 100 people a year - mostly males and mostly impulsively - kill themselves, two per week, week after week.

They typically use the most lethal weapon, a handgun, which provides them with barely a chance of survival.

Governor Phil Scott recently signed into law some meaningful additions to gun legislation, enhanced background checks, banning bump stocks and large-capacity magazines, and raising the purchase age for lethal weapons to 21.

All these interventions might help decrease mass shootings, which is a good thing, but they will have little to no impact on suicides.

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