Firearms and suicide in the United States

Am J Public Health. 1984 Feb;74(2):123-7. doi: 10.2105/ajph.74.2.123.


Regional United States suicide rates in the mid 1970s were associated with the household prevalence of all guns and of pistols. The term "regional" applies to the nine Census divisions of the four US census regions. A literature review suggests that the relation may be etiologic, and that more definitive studies and pilot programs are needed. Arming may be an etiologic factor common both to individual and to national self-destructive behaviors.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • African Americans
  • Aged
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Regression Analysis
  • Sex Factors
  • Suicide / epidemiology*
  • United States