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More teenagers and children kill themselves in states where more people own guns, a new report reveals.
In fact, for every 10 percent higher rate of gun ownership in a given state, the rate of youth suicides goes up by nearly 27 percent, according to the new Boston University study.
Alaska - Percent - Households - Rate - Suicide
In Alaska, 59.8 percent of households have guns, and the rate of suicide among teenagers and children is the highest in the nation - 15.2 per every 100,000 people between 10 and 19.
By comparison, New Jersey had the lowest rate of suicides, which accounted for just 2.6 out of every 100,000 people, and only 11.4 percent of families own guns.
State - Gun - Ownership - Rates - Order
Although state gun ownership and suicide rates did not align in perfect order, gun ownership rates predicted suicides more closely than any other factor, the researchers found.
Mental illness, violence and especially suicide have all been on a steady rise in the US for years now.
Gun - Ownership - US - Decades - Number
Although gun ownership has remained fairly stable in the US in the last two decades, the number of children being injured or killed by them has increased.
Since 1999, over 26000 kids and teenagers have been killed by guns - whether in accidents, weapons turned on them or turned on themselves.
Marjory - Stoneman - Douglas - High - School
After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, student protests reached a fever-pitch. Teenagers from the school, and then around the country, held signs high that said 'Protect Kids, Not Guns.'
And sometimes those kids need most to be protected from themselves and guns.
Americans - Heels - Hung - Guns - Right
Yet Americans have dug their heels in further, and hung on to their guns, as they have the right to do in every state in the US.
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