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Gun rights and the risk of suicide
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With lots of talk about gun rights, concealed weapon permits and school resource officers, it seems we’ve let one group that is also affected by gun ownership slip under the radar. National Public Radio (NPR) reported this week that that older men are at high risk for suicide and are “far more likely to kill themselves if they have access to firearms.” Nancy Shute’s article, “Should doctors ask older people if they have guns at home?” highlights the increasing rate of suicide among middle-aged to older men who suffer from depression or “cognitive problems.”