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Author Anestis, Michael D. (Michael David), 1979- author.

Title Guns and suicide : an American epidemic / Michael D. Anestis, PhD
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 164 pages)
Contents Machine generated contents note: -- PART I: The problem -- Introduction -- Chapter 1 -- The prominent role of guns in American suicide -- Chapter 2 -- Much of what you know about suicide is wrong -- Chapter 3 -- The reason why guns are such a powerful force in American suicide -- Chapter 4 -- Isn't this just a mental health problem, not a gun problem? -- PART II: The solution -- Chapter 5 -- Lowering the national suicide rate requires means safety -- Chapter 6 -- Legislation as one method for implementing means safety measures for guns -- Chapter 7 -- Means safety and suicide prevention without legislation -- Chapter 8 -- Disarming common concerns about means safety -- Conclusion
Summary "In Guns and Suicide, Michael Anestis reframes our perspective on gun violence by shifting the focus to suicide. Guns play a uniquely profound role in American suicide, and Anestis explains how they have this effect--not by making otherwise non-suicidal people want to die, but by facilitating suicide attempts among suicidal individuals"-- Provided by publisher
"The majority of gun deaths in the United States are suicide deaths, and the majority of suicide deaths are gun deaths. Most people are unaware that suicide, at nearly 43,000 deaths per year, is more common than homicide and other widely publicized tragedies. And yet, suicide is typically absent from discussions of gun violence. As such, the national conversation on gun violence is inadequate and unrelated to the majority of gun deaths in this country. In Guns and Suicide, Michael Anestis reframes our perspective on gun violence by shifting the focus to suicide. Guns play a uniquely profound role in American suicide, and Anestis explains how they have this effect-not by making otherwise non-suicidal people want to die, but by facilitating suicide attempts among suicidal individuals. He reviews the evidence - in suicide and other public health concerns - that focusing on specific means for contracting an unwanted outcome (e.g., HIV) can successfully reduce the frequency of that outcome. With suicide, this could mean the passage of legislation related to firearm ownership and storage, non-legislative encouragement of safe storage of private firearms, voluntary and temporary removal of firearms from the home during times of distress, or a combination of these factors. Importantly, this is not a book about gun control. Anestis does not argue in favor of tighter restrictions on ownership, assault weapon bans, or longer waiting periods for purchase because these will not substantially reduce the staggering gun suicide rate. Rather, Anestis aims for a cultural shift towards suicide-specific safe gun ownership and puts forth unemotional suggestions in hopes of leveraging common ground in the pursuit of a lower suicide rate."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 19, 2018)
Subject Gun control -- United States.
Suicide -- United States
Gun control.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Policy.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Security.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Clinical Psychology.
Suicide.
United States.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017058643
ISBN 0190675071
019067508X
9780190675073
9780190675080