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Is Buying a Gun a Suicidal Act?

Brenda339 Wrote: Jun 25, 2012 12:58 AM
If this reasoning is valid, the current Administration should be backing gun ownership, not trying to ban it. They want to reduce the population and thereby the carbon footprint of human inhabitants.
Editor's Note: Steve Chapman is on vacation. The following column was originally published in July 2008.

Americans often buy guns for self-defense, a purpose that now has Supreme Court validation. But according to advocates of gun control, those purchasers overlook the people who pose the greatest threat: themselves. Anyone who acquires a firearm, we are told, is inviting a bloody death by suicide.

So says Matthew Miller, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. "If you bought a gun today, I could tell you the risk of suicide to you and your family members is going to be two- to tenfold...