Suicide is the leading cause of death among college students (according to recent UVa study of 157 four-year colleges). It is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S.
Firearms are the most frequent method of suicide, acounting for more than 50%. Many suicide attempts are impulsive. Since a crisis may pass, reducing access to leathlal means reduces suicide. Suicide attempts involving drugs or cutting, which account for more than 90% of all suicidal attempts, prove fatal far less often.
The number 1 cause of suicide for college-aged youth is depression. More than half of American college students have considered suicide at some points in their lives, 15 percent said they had “seriously considered” attempting suicide. (Drum, 2008)
According to the latest American College Health Association, in the 12 months preceeding the survey, approx. 30 % of college students feel so depressed it was difficut to function, 6.4 % had seriously considered suicide, and 1.1% had attempted suicide.
AZ could join Oregon, Utah, Wisc & Miss, requiring colleges to allow concealed guns on campus: http://bit.ly/z3AeCl