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Sharfstein: Gun Laws Could Have Major Impact On US Suicide Rate

posted Mar 23, 2013, 4:30 PM by Will Martin
Psychiatric News (3/22) reports that former American Psychiatric Association president Steven Sharfstein, MD, in a piece that appeared earlier this week in the Baltimore Sun, emphasized that "while laws aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of people with mental illness, which are being debated in Maryland, would have little effect on the homicide rate in the United States, they could have a major impact on the suicide rate." Dr. Sharfstein "pointed out that 20,000 of the 30,000 annual gun-related deaths in this country are suicides." According to Dr. Sharfstein, "to bring down the gun suicide rate, strong barriers to availability of guns are needed."