August 17, 2017
Analysis of suicide rates in Maryland indicated male firearm use increased suicide rates in rural areas.
“The reason that rural suicide rates are higher is because people in these areas are killing themselves with guns,” Paul S. Nestadt, MD, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said in a press release. “The media focuses on homicides committed with guns, but only one in three deaths by firearm are homicides. The other two are suicides. Most of the other leading causes of death are going down. Suicides are going up — and firearms are a big reason why.”