Gun Availability and Use of Guns for Suicide, Homicide, and Murder in Canada

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Gun Availability and Use of Guns for Suicide, Homicide, and Murder in Canada

Category: Firearm Availability, Homicide, International, Suicide|Journal: Perceptual and Motor Skills|Author: F Bridges, J Kunselman|Year: 2004

A reliability check of Lester’s (2000b) 1970–1995 time series that examined associations between the availability of firearms and their use for homicide and suicide in Canada. For the period 1974 to 1999, the relative availability of firearms as measured by the rate of accidental death from firearms and the average of the percentages of suicides + homicides using firearms was positively associated with the rate of homicide by firearms but not negatively associated with the rate of homicide by all other methods, and positively associated with the rate of suicide by firearms and negatively associated with the rate of suicide by all other methods. Correlations for the homicide versus murder rates, homicide rate using guns versus murder rate using guns, and homicide rate by all other methods versus murder rate by all other methods were very similar. There was a decrease over time of total suicide and homicide rates and firearm suicide and homicide rates, and with a slight indication of substitution of other methods for suicide.

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