Guns and unintended consequences

Suicides accounted for 55 percent of the nation’s nearly 31,000 firearm deaths in 2005, the most recent year for which statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As usual, logic-challenged liberals think that banning guns will reduce the rate of suicide, but even a cursory look at countries with higher rates of suicide demonstrate the fallaciousness of this thinking. It would be a particularly bad idea in auto-heavy America, since you can be sure that if people weren’t killing themselves with guns, they’d be doing it on the road in their cars.

In fact, the suicide rate in the USA is almost surely higher than reported; a significant percentage of single-car accidents are actually suicides. The empirical evidence supporting this hypothesis is the increase in the number of single-car accidents in the days immmediately following newspaper reports of non-auto related suicides.