This paper has analyzed a number of gun control laws in different states and found that as a group the laws were significantly correlated with the suicide rates in those states. In other words, strict gun control may have a preventive effect on suicidal behavior, a conclusion supportive of Boyd's view.
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Sommers, P.M. The effect of gun control laws on suicide rates. Atlantic Economic Journal 12, 67–69 (1984). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02309996
- International Economic
- Public Finance
- Suicidal Behavior
- Suicide Rate
- Preventive Effect