Building on what B.J. Campbell wrote, it’s instructive to look at real-world information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
California, which has the strictest gun laws in the nation, has a suicide rate below the national rate but the rate has still risen 18.7% from 1999, when the state started passing more restrictive legislation, through 2017, the most recent years for which data is available.
From 1999 to 2017, the rate of firearm-related suicides dropped 11.0%. Those gun laws must working, right? Unfortunately for gun control advocates, the rate of suicide by other methods soared 48.2%. In 2017, 62.7% of all suicides were committed with something other than a gun. In 1999, that percentage was 50.2%. Suicide by suffocation, usually by hanging, has skyrocketed, shooting up 78.6%.
Nationally, the picture was much the same. From 1999 to 2017, the U.S. suicide rate rose 33.6%. The percentage of suicides by firearm went from 56.8% to 50.6%. The percentage of suicides by other means rose from 43.2% to 49.4%. If one wants to look at the rates, the gun rate rose 23.0%, less than the increase in the total suicide rate, while the non-gun rate climbed 58.5%, far more than the national rate.
In case anyone hasn’t figured it out yet, the problem is not what people are using to end their own lives, it’s the fact that an alarming number of people are choosing to end their own lives.
This is where gun control advocates cross the line. Their agenda has become a form of mental illness, a fixation on one relatively small aspect of violence to the exclusion of all else. It’s almost like the thousands of people who hang, poison or drown themselves don’t count — they’re non-beings, merely entries in the vital statistics rolls.