In 2002, over 1,000 teens in the U.S. killed themselves with guns.
A study reported in the February 9, 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that many of these deaths could have been prevented had the guns used in these suicides been locked away, separated from ammunition, or any one of many things done to make the access and use of guns more difficult thereby overcoming the moment of impulsivity.
Americans love their guns. Unfortunately, they most often are used to kill the ones they love or themselves. Americans don't need guns to defend themselves from strangers. The biggest risk is from themselves and the ones they love.
I don't think hardly a year has gone by that I have not known or heard of either a suicide or a homicide by guns within the family in my rural area of Western New York State in the last 50 years of my life. It is always a tragedy, and people tsk tsk but just like our love of cars, our love of guns leads to deaths of the people we love. The only sadder and more tragic thing is that all these deaths were unnecessary and avoidable. It is the price we pay for our chosen life style.