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    Troops Who Hide Thoughts of Suicide More Apt to Store Their Firearms Unsafely, Study Finds

    Troops Who Hide Thoughts of Suicide More Apt to Store Their Firearms Unsafely, Study Finds

    U.S. service members who keep thoughts of suicide to themselves are less likely to properly store their firearms, research has found.

    A small study focusing on 719 active-duty, reserve and National Guard firearm owners found that, of nearly 39% who said they had experienced suicidal thoughts in the previous year, those who said they sought mental health treatment were more likely to report storing their firearms safely.

    Those who hid their suicidal thoughts or didn't seek therapy demonstrated a propensity not to store their firearms safely, meaning they didn't use a trigger lock, cable device, gun safe or case.

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    The new research underscores that officials need to keep working to convince all service members to properly store firearms, study lead author Michael Anestis, executive director of the New Gun Violence Research Center at Rutgers University, said in an interview.

    “We have to move beyond only trying to prevent suicide once we know somebody is at risk,” he said. “You don't buy a fire extinguisher when your house is on fire, you buy it ahead of time.”

    Suicide attempts are frequently impulsive acts that, when a firearm is involved, often result in death. Owning a handgun, for example, carries an eight-fold risk of suicide for men and 35 times the risk for women in the United States, according to research published…

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