Few U.S. gun owners get training that includes suicide prevention

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Few U.S. gun owners get training that includes suicide prevention

August 8, 2017

About 61 percent of firearm owners in the U.S. have received formal training in handling their guns, but only one in seven say it included prevention of suicide - the number one cause of gun deaths, according to a new study by a UW Medicine researcher.

“Medical experts, public health professionals, and the majority of American people strongly support the importance of all aspects of firearm safety,” said lead author Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar of the Harborview Injury and Prevention Center.

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