“People won’t kill themselves if they cannot kill themselves.”
Problem: young people are killing themselves.
The solution should be to find the root cause and deal with it. Probably, people are upset because they have no future, live in a multicultural hellhole and are prevented from breeding or even having sex. Drugs also presumably play a large role. These problems have solutions and the government has the resources to realize the solutions.
But that is either too complicated or the government just doesn’t care, so they’re focusing on ways to treat the symptoms.
Researchers are even looking into the possibility of adding lithium to the water supply in order to prevent suicides.
Preventing people from killing themselves could be a noble endeavor, but not if it takes the focus away from the reasons why people consider suicide.
Suicide is among the leading causes of death in the United States, especially among teens. Firearms incidents tragically account for more than half of these deaths. Thirty-three states in America allow people as young as 18 to buy handguns. New research claims, if all 50 states change their age limit on firearm sales to 21, hundreds of teen suicides could be prevented.
To better understand how legal access to handguns among teens relates to teen suicide rates, researchers at Boston University School of Public Health examined suicide data for over 500 million “person years.” These are the number of people included in the study, multiplied by the number of years of follow-up. The data looks at people between 13 and 20 years old across the country from 2001 to 2017.
The study finds states which allow gun sales to people 18 or older have higher rates of suicide among 18- to 20-year-olds. Researchers note there are an average of 344 more deaths in these areas. States which prevent firearm sales to people under 21 have an 18-percent drop in suicides.
The study adds, although age limits on gun sales will likely save lives, these limits won’t protect teens who live in homes with firearms. The team points out that one in three homes with children in the U.S. has a firearm inside. In half of these homes, the firearms are not locked in a secure location.
Despite the challenges surrounding guns in American homes, the study believes the solution starts with lawmakers limiting teen access. Raising the age limit to 21 “will likely prevent at least some suicides in young people,” the study authors say in a media release.
Intentional or not, the study functions as anti-gun propaganda. Firearm misuse should never be considered a valid argument for limiting firearm sales, just as the misuse of any other tool by a group of people shouldn’t be considered a reason to prevent others from acquiring the tool.
Taking away your rights in the name of safety is the new hot stuff. You’re forced to live in isolation and wear a mask to (allegedly) prevent people from getting sick, and soon you may not be allowed to buy a gun because you may shoot yourself and/or others.
It sounds all loving and saccharine; the government is your mommy. But where does this mommy agenda end?
If all freedom is worth sacrificing in the name of safety, then how are we supposed to peel our potatoes?
Are we just supposed to use our fingernails?
Andrew Anglin contributed to this report.