Easy Access to Firearms Associated With Higher Risk of Suicide, Death By Homicide.

The Los Angeles Times (1/21, Healy) reports that research published in Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that individuals “who have ready access to a firearm are almost twice as likely to be killed and three times likelier to commit suicide than those without a gun available in the home or from a neighbor or friend.” Investigators analyzed data from 14 observational studies.

On its website, NBC News (1/21, Fox) reports that the data indicated that “the odds of suicide went up by anywhere from 1.5 times to 10-fold if people had access to guns.” Meanwhile, “studies looking at homicide found that if people had access to guns, they were two to three times more likely to be killed themselves.”

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— “Study takes new look at gun access and risk of homicide, suicide, “Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2014.

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