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MILITARY: Easy gun access aids suicide

Let’s hope the military heard Bob Costas’ statement on easy access to guns and increased risk of suicide, dispelling the myth that suicide is premeditated. Reducing quick access to lethal means is the number one way to reduce suicide. This approach is ignored by the military.

The 2011 Rand study “Preventing Suicide in the Military” identified addressing access to lethal means as a key element of a successful suicide prevention program, yet across the services this is not done. The former head of the Army’s suicide prevention program, General Chiarelli (like Costas) identified the most frequent factors in soldier suicide

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