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Myths: Firearms, Mental Illness and Suicide
Myth: Most homicides are completed by people with mental illness.
Truth: First, it is important to recognize that mental illness affects 1 in 4 people, or upwards of 70 million in the US.
The vast majority of violence in our country is NOT perpetrated by persons with serious mental disorders. The best available estimates indicate that of all the violent acts committed in the US, only 4 to 5% is attributable to people with mental illness.
NAMI, National Alliance for Mental Illness
Myth: Most firearm deaths are homicides;
Truth: More firearm suicides are completed with a gun than homicides.
CDC: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013
Myth: Having a gun in your house will protect you and your family.
Truth: The health risks of owning a gun are so established and scientifically non-controvertible that the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement in 2000 recommending that pediatricians urge parents to remove all guns from their homes.
If you have a gun, everybody in your home is more likely than your non-gun-owning neighbors and their families to die in a gun-related accident, suicide or homicide.
Furthermore, there is no credible evidence that having a gun in your house reduces your risk of being a victim of a crime. Nor does it reduce your risk of being injured during a home break-in.