Every year in Tennessee, 600 people use a gun to take their own life. That’s 50 people per month, more than one per day. Firearm suicides are unique in both their impulsivity and their lethality. Pulling a trigger take very little planning and there is no time to reconsider the decision. Studies show that the vast majority of people who attempt suicide but survive do not attempt suicide again and that many make the decision to take their own lives in just hours or even minutes before doing so.
Below are a series of academic research studies and publication related to adults, firearms, and suicides.
Preventing the invisible plague of firearm suicide
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Reducing a Suicidal Person’s Access to Lethal Means of Suicide: A Research Agenda
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Guns, Suicide, and Homicide: Individual-Level Versus Population-Level Studies
Annals of Internal Medicine
Firearms and Suicide in the United States: Is Risk Independent of Underlying Suicidal Behavior?
American Journal of Epidemiology