Report Links Accessibility of Guns to Homicide, Suicide

From “The Crime Report,” thecrimereport.org,  John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Report Links Accessibility of Guns to Homicide, Suicide
January 22, 2014

An individual’s access to firearms significantly increases the odds of death by homicide or suicide, according to a new report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Researchers reviewed 15 studies comparing the odds of being a victim of suicide or homicide between persons with and without access to firearms.

All but one study found significantly increased odds of suicide and homicide victimization associated with access to guns.

According to the report, individuals with firearms access are 3.2 times more likely to die from suicide and 1.9 times more likely to be the victims of homicide.

In the same issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, an editorial by David Hemenway, Director of the Harvard University Injury Control Research Center, criticized the study for being “too conservative” in its estimates.

Hemenway writes that population-based studies, which were not used for the report, show that locations with high levels of household gun ownership are associated with high rates of firearm-related death.

“There is no association with gun ownership levels and suicide by means other than guns,” Hemenway wrote.

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My name is Jim Jordan. I have had the privilege of working with the Boston Police Department and hundreds more departments over my nearly 30-year career in police administration and city government. I am now teaching and consulting independently at www.sergeantsleadership.org. I have learned the best of what I know from the thousands of smart, dedicated and ethical police personnel and scholars who have guided me along the way. My address is named for the great Reform commissioner of the Boston Police at the turn of the 20th century. Commissioner O'Meara died just a short while before the Strike in 1919. He was replaced by a vicious puppet (of Gov. Coolidge) named Edwin U. Curtis. Had O'Meara lived events may have turned out quite differently.
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