Study: States with more conservatives and more guns also have more suicides


Somehow, I don’t find THIS too surprising:

Residents of states with the highest rates of gun ownership and political conservatism are at greater risk of suicide than those in states with less gun ownership and less politically conservative leanings, according to a study by University of California, Riverside sociology professor Augustine J. Kposowa.

The study, “Association of suicide rates, gun ownership, conservatism and individual suicide risk,” was published online in the journal Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology in February.

Suicide was the 11th leading cause of death for all ages in the United States in 2007, the most recent year for which complete mortality data was available at the time of the study. It was the seventh leading cause of death for males and the 15th leading cause of death for females. Firearms are the most commonly used method of suicide by males and poisoning the most common among females.


This study accords with other evidence that a gun in the home is far more likely to be used for suicide than to shoot an intruder, as we see HERE,



  1. Craig Knauss

    I notice most of the highest suicide states are the “big empties”, the states with low population densities. I will assume suicides are high there because of lack of social intervention and boredom. Or maybe it’s just their urge to kill (somebody or something) and there weren’t any other targets around. (OK, I’m not really serious on that one.)

    Years ago I attended a funeral for a young suicide victim. The family was religiously and politically conservative and owned numerous firearms.

  2. truth hurts


    This argument of more guns more suicide is a tired old talking point that continues to be tried and tried again.

    The truth if one cares (unlike applesause when it applies to guns) is guns just happen to be more efficent BUT NOT THE CAUSE.

    Funny thing about the statistics is men use guns to a much greater degree than women do. Hmmm does that mean the gun chooses men over women?

    Well funny thing is guns were much more easier to get back in my grandparents day. Heck in my great grand parents day they could get machine guns legally.

    funny with all those easy guns suicides were not blamed or statistically greater than today.
    Even if you take into considerations population size.

    Funny thing also about suicide it has to be reported as such.

    I know back in grandparents and alot of parents day it was not reported as such due to shame.

    Also alot of things like “single car accidents with no sign of breaking” are not reported as probible suicides.

    So even on that level statistics are misleading as to increase.

    Lastly pat do you HONESTLY think that if we get rid of guns suicide will go away?

    If you believe that how did we ever have it back in the past?

    Last I checked ancient romans had suicide didn’t they?

    But hey don’t let a flimsy non fact driven excuse for your anti gun rant go to waste right pat?

  3. Brian Opsahl

    Nobody is banning anything, your freeking out about absolutly nothing. Republicans will not allow a vote no matter what. It used to matter what the people wanted,now it’s what the special interest want that matters. The NRA has become the mouth piece for the gun industry and Republicans do what they tell them to do and how to vote (sad)

    Look at the hypocracy of the NRA, they want background checks on these special school guards with multipull re-checks each year, but tell the rest of us that a background check on a potential felon or wife beater or worse a mental patent is not acceptable…really..!!

  4. Neftali

    Brian – Try to follow the news and keep up, will ya?

    The banning isn’t being done at the federal level, its being done at the state level.

    Connecticut and Colorado have already passed legislation banning all kinds of guns. Now long time gun manufacturer Beretta is leaving Maryland because of its new anti-freedom legislation.


  5. Brian Opsahl

    Ok,Nef there are like 2650 guns that are available to purchase in those States and as I asked you before North Dakota,Mississippi,and Alabama banning abortion that was settled in 1972 ruling, is that ok for them to do that but not Colorado,or Connecticut to do as they wish…?

  6. Neftali

    Brian – I’ve stated several times previously that’s I’m pro-choice. So no, I don’t agree with legislation in ND, MS, or AL restricting access to what is decided law. Just like I don’t agree with the liberal states sticking their nose in and deciding which firearms are okay and which are not.

  7. Brian Opsahl

    Something has to change when a mental nut case can shoot down school CHILDREN if that means me using a smaller clip or makeing changes to how we purchase a gun then it’s worth it Nef.
    I said before you can’t own a bazooka for a reason …same logic applys to military style guns whats wrong with special checks for special guns…?

  8. Neftali

    Special checks for special guns won’t reduce crime, it only takes away your Constitutional rights.

  9. Craig Knauss

    Gee, Nef,

    Colorado and Connecticut are just exercising their “states rights”.

    Are you opposed to “states rights”?

  10. Craig Knauss

    So do guns cause suicides? Not likely. But they sure do make suicides a lot messier.

    It’s bad enough to find your child has killed himself/herself. Does having to scrape him/her off the walls and ceiling make it any better?

    Yes, my comment is tasteless. So is a firearm suicide.

  11. Brian Opsahl

    How do you know..?
    When the Gabi Gifford shooter changed clips he was tackled and stopped, and when the Newtown shooter changed clips 11 kids got out of the room, so wheres the proof Sir..!!

  12. Neftali

    I’m opposed to states rights when they restrict Constitutional Freedom and civil liberties, as CO, CT, and MA have done.

    If you really want to kill yourself, there are several ways to go about it. According the the CDC, there are about has many self inflected deaths from poisoning and suffocation combined as there are firearms.


    Limiting access to guns won’t stop suicides. Besides, most liberals are hellbent of restricting access to high caliber/capacity rifles, which cause very few deaths per year. Handguns cause the most deaths by far, yet I’m not aware of any pending legislation against them.

  13. Neftali: Your absolutist view of Second Amendment rights is utter nonsense that has never been upheld by the Supreme Court.

    Your claim that gun-control measures in Colorado, Connecticut and Massachusetts have “restrict[ed] Constitutional Freedom and civil liberties” is just gun-nut rhetoric.

  14. Brian Opsahl

    Nef, your logic says you can have whatever weapons you want, and you know that is absolutly not true. We cannot posses hand granades or bazookas…and why is that, and who is this stopping my right to have and use these types of weaponry…the Federal Government that’s who..!!

    You really care more about your rights to military style weapons than the kind of killing where kids are murdered at there schools…really dude..!!

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