In 2013, suicide by firearm among American youth hit a twelve-year high at 876 deaths, according to a new report from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. In eighty-two percent of these suicides, the guns involved belonged to family members.
“Millions of Americans have a gun in their homes thinking that it makes their family safer, but every day in our nation, dozens of these families learn just how dangerous and tragic that miscalculation can be,” said Dan Gross, the center’s president. “The bottom line is: having a gun in the home dramatically increases the danger that a child will be shot and killed.”
The states with the most gun deaths (Alabama, Alaska, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Wyoming) had high rates of gun ownership, while states with the fewest gun deaths (Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island) had low rates of ownership.