Suicide in the Home in Relation to Gun Ownership

Gary Kleck, Paul H. Blackman, Eric S.h. Ching, Harvey S. Frey, Victoria Lewin-Fetter, B. H. Kean, Jon S. Vernick, Arthur L. Kellermann, Grant Somes, Frederick P. Rivara, George Winokur, Donald W. Black

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To the Editor: As the author of a book on guns and violence,1 I was interested in the article by Kellermann et al. (Aug. 13 issue).2 The authors concluded that their case–control study offered “strong” evidence that the presence of guns increased the risk of suicide in the home, by a factor of 4.8. They failed to explain, however, how this effect could occur or how it could be this enormous. There is no evidence that guns precipitate suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts with guns are only marginally more frequently fatal than attempts with likely substitute methods: the fatality rate…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1878-1881
Number of pages4
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number26
StatePublished - Dec 24 1992

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