Understanding the relationship of guns and suicide.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

“There are more suicides where there are more guns. Understanding this relationship can help inform effective suicide prevention strategies.”

~ VPC Executive Director Josh Sugarman

58% of gun deaths in Massachusetts are suicides.

The Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) is a tool to prevent suicides.


In Other News:

  • A mass shooting at a middle school averted in Florida.
  • New York and major cities across the country see a rise in ghost guns.
  • The Charlotte North Carolina high school shooter killed two, including a toddler.
  • In Pennsylvania, a teen was fatally shot at a Halloween hayride.
  • In the first 9 months of 2021, Gun Violence Archive reported nearly 1,455 unintentional shootings.
  • President Biden withdraws his ATF nominee, David Chipman.


If you or anyone you know is in distress, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

    Available 24 hours at 800-273-8255