Does anyone think that the availability of guns increases the chances of a suicidal person actually following through with the act? It has recently been suggested to me that this is indeed the case. I suppose the logic works - if the most effective tool for a particular task is available, we are more likely to use it. When it is not available, sure, we can still go get one, or find another means to accomplish the task, but maybe the time it takes to do so would allow for an opportunity to calm down, or to engage with a friend who can help out. People who are depressed tend to act on impulse more readily than those who are not. So if a firearm is present, chances are good such a person will not take time to contemplate any other options to suicide.
I guess the other question is, should we care? Maybe suicide is a non-issue when it comes to discussions of gun control. Thoughts?