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OftenBen  ·  2082 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How would you stop mass shootings?

    it also takes a braver person to commit suicide with a knife vs with a gun.

Not sure that matters.





saintcanice  ·  2082 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It does. The fact that more women than men survive suicide attempts is down to the fact that more men use guns in their suicide attempts (whereas women more often use drugs/poison, which are easier to survive).

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/bering-in-mind/sex-and-suicide-why-do-more-men-than-women-kill-themselves/

OftenBen  ·  2082 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's a how, not a why. And you're essentially calling people who commit suicide by firearm cowards, because they pick a method that is proven to be effective.

saintcanice  ·  2081 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Why what? Why do more men buy guns than women? Why do people commit suicide? What are you talking about? You didn't think the method of choice was relevant to the outcome, but it is.

I'm not calling anyone a coward, very far from it. That's your interpretation, not mine. Please don't put words in my mouth. ETA: I see - you though I was responding to the "braver person" part but I was responding to the easy/difficult part.

briandmyers  ·  2082 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I do - less access to guns --> fewer suicides, I suspect.