I was talking to Mogwai, the wife’s newest cat when out
of the blue he asked me an intelligent question. He asked
if gun control would really stop suicides in our country.
After pondering the idea, and doing some research I told
him that I didn’t believe it would have any effect on the
rate of suicides.
Isn’t suicide illegal in some parts of our land already?
So if enacting a law hasn’t stopped it how could
They have jumped here since 1999, and guns figure in
57% of them, but I don’t think gun control would do
any more to stop suicides than it would with violence.
Hanging is the next most common suicide at 40% for
men, while women seem to prefer overdoses. And even
though our suicide has risen, we are no where near the
country with the highest rate.
In other countries hanging, poisoning, jumping off
tall buildings, drugs, and even firearms are used to
do the deed. Guyana has the worst suicide rate at
around 43 suicides per 100,000.
Here the rate is around 12 per 100,000. The list of
countries can be found here.
This seemed to satisfy Mogwai, but he still a look
that told this wasn’t over.
He wanted to know why people would do such a thing.
And I had nothing. The subject just doesn’t come up
unless you follow politics, or have an agenda, or
My personal thoughts on the subject are that the
politicians cause suicides. You are certainly
welcome to your beliefs on the matter. And don’t
blame me for a morbid post, Mogwai started it.
Comments are always welcome.