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Study Links Military Suicides, Firearm Access

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By    |   Friday, 07 June 2019 12:32 PM EDT

A new study found a link between access to firearms and the growing problem of military suicides.

The results of the study conducted by multiple psychology experts were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Friday. They showed that 135 active-duty Army soldiers who took their own lives were more likely to own firearms, have access to them, and keep ammunition at home.

The study examined the self-inflicted deaths of the soldiers from Aug. 1, 2011 to Nov. 1, 2013. Those soldiers had higher rates of firearm ownership and access.

"In this study, in addition to gun ownership, ease and immediacy of firearm access were associated with increased suicide risk," the study reads. "Discussion with family members and supervisors about limiting firearm accessibility should be evaluated for potential intervention."

The study also noted that military suicides became more prevalent in the wake of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 2012 saw the most suicides, and the rate is still higher than combat deaths.

Last year, meanwhile, saw the highest rate of military suicides — a combined 321 among active-duty soldiers, Marines, airmen, and sailors — in six years.

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