In rural Colorado, outreach aims to reduce suicides

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In rural Colorado, outreach aims to reduce suicides

In many Western Slope counties, guns used in 60 percent of cases
Gunsmith Keith Carey offers suicide prevention literature at his shop in Montrose. Carey is a staunch, though soft-spoken, defender of the right to bear arms, sharing the worries of many in the region that gun control would debilitate America. Yet he’s also a willing recruit in a fledgling effort to see if the gun community itself – sellers and owners of firearms, operators of shooting ranges – can help Western states reduce their highest-in-the-nation suicide rates.
Local government and nonprofit leaders talk during the monthly suicide prevention meeting in Montrose, where suicide rates are among the highest in the nation. Across the U.S., suicides account for nearly two-thirds of all gun deaths, with 21,334 gun deaths by suicide in 2014, according to federal data.

In rural Colorado, outreach aims to reduce suicides

Gunsmith Keith Carey offers suicide prevention literature at his shop in Montrose. Carey is a staunch, though soft-spoken, defender of the right to bear arms, sharing the worries of many in the region that gun control would debilitate America. Yet he’s also a willing recruit in a fledgling effort to see if the gun community itself – sellers and owners of firearms, operators of shooting ranges – can help Western states reduce their highest-in-the-nation suicide rates.
Local government and nonprofit leaders talk during the monthly suicide prevention meeting in Montrose, where suicide rates are among the highest in the nation. Across the U.S., suicides account for nearly two-thirds of all gun deaths, with 21,334 gun deaths by suicide in 2014, according to federal data.
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