Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home
Hostname: page-component-55b6f6c457-ln9sz Total loading time: 0.214 Render date: 2021-09-26T08:04:25.692Z Has data issue: true Feature Flags: { "shouldUseShareProductTool": true, "shouldUseHypothesis": true, "isUnsiloEnabled": true, "metricsAbstractViews": false, "figures": true, "newCiteModal": false, "newCitedByModal": true, "newEcommerce": true, "newUsageEvents": true }

Gun ownership and suicide in the United States

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 July 2009

David Lester*
Affiliation:
Richard Stockton State College, Pomona, New Jersey, USA
*
1Address for correspondence: Dr David Lester, Richard Stockton State College, Pomona, New Jersey, 08240, USA.

Synopsis

The circulation of firearm magazines was used as an index of gun ownership in the states of the USA. States with a higher per capita circulation of firearm magazines had higher suicide rates by gun and higher overall suicide rates. Homicide rates were unrelated to this measure of gun availability. Implications for the prevention of suicide are discussed.

Type
Brief Communication
Copyright
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1989

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)

References

Boyd, J. (1983). The increasing rate of suicide by firearms. New England Journal of Medicine 308, 872874.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
Clarke, R. V. & Lester, D. (1987). Toxicity of car exhausts and opportunity for suicide. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 41, 114120.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
Clarke, R. V. & Mayhew, P. (1988). The British gas story and its criminological implications. Crime & Justice 10, 79116.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Cooke, P. J. (1982). The role of firearms in violent crime. In Criminal Violence (ed. Wolfgang, M. and Weiner, N.), pp. 236291. Sage: Beverly Hills.Google Scholar
Lester, D. (1987). Availability of guns and the likelihood of suicide. Sociology and Social Research 71, 287288.Google Scholar
Lester, D. & Murrell, M. E. (1982). The preventive effect of strict gun controls laws on suicide and homicide. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behaviour 12, 131140.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
National Center for Vital Statistics (1985). Vital Statistics of the United States, 1980. US Government Printing Office: Washington, DC.Google Scholar
26
Cited by

Send article to Kindle

To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

Gun ownership and suicide in the United States
Available formats
×

Send article to Dropbox

To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

Gun ownership and suicide in the United States
Available formats
×

Send article to Google Drive

To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

Gun ownership and suicide in the United States
Available formats
×
×

Reply to: Submit a response

Please enter your response.

Your details

Please enter a valid email address.

Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *