New Jersey Senate Eyes Suicide Prevention Program

New Jersey Sen. Joe Cryan has authored legislation in the state that would provide a suicide prevention curriculum and informational materials for the owners of gun ranges and firearm retailers. From Insider NJ:

“There extra risks posed to people prone to suicide who also have easy access to a gun,” said Senator Cryan, D-Union. “Because guns are incredibly lethal, they are responsible for more than half of all suicide deaths. More people in this country kill themselves with guns than with all other intentional means combined. Guns are an irreversible solution to what is often a passing crisis.”

In New Jersey and throughout the country, people are more than twice as likely to kill themselves with a firearm than be killed by someone else, Senator Cryan noted. On average, nearly 700 New Jersey residents commit suicide annually, according to the state Department of Health and the most common method of suicide is firearms.

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