Andrew Patrick Quoted in Bethesda Magazine

The gun owner next door

Nationwide, a rise in gun ownership also means an increase in suicides, says Andrew Patrick, director of political communications for The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), based in D.C. Most years, suicide accounts for nearly two-thirds of all gun deaths in the U.S., he says. But anecdotal evidence from past crises—“when people have lost jobs, had financial struggles”—suggests that firearm suicides increase dramatically during times of stress. “Guns don’t make you safer,” Patrick says. “The presence of a gun always makes a situation more dangerous.”

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