NSSF: Gun owners play role in suicide prevention

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

troubled teenA shooting sports organization is using National Suicide Prevention Month to urge gun owners that securely storing their firearms could help save the life of someone going through a difficult time.

In addition to keeping guns away from those who shouldn't have access to them, the National Shooting Sports Foundation says reaching out to a person you're concerned about can be extremely important.

"Experts tell us that asking someone directly about suicide and encouraging them to seek help won't put that person at greater risk for harming themselves," says NSSF's Bill Brassard. "This is not about taking away anybody's firearms. It's about education and understanding that suicide can be prevented."

According to the NSSF, two-thirds of firearm-related fatalities are suicides.

Last year, NSSF partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on a national firearms and suicide prevention program.

NSSF supports AFSP's Project 2025, an initiative to reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States 20 percent by the year 2025.

NSSF also operates a child safety program, Project Child Safe, that provides free gun locks through local law enforcement agencies.


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