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Exposure to firearms, not marriage, the true risk factor for firearm suicide among women
  1. Renee M Johnson
  1. Address Dr Renee M Johnson, Boston University School of Public Health, 3rd Floor, 801 Massachusetts Avenue, Crosstown Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; rjohnson{at}

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I enjoyed reading the recent article by Kaplan and colleagues,1 in which they compared the characteristics of people who completed suicide with a firearm with those who used other methods. An interesting finding was that female suicide decedents who used firearms were significantly more likely to be married than female suicide decedents who used other means (odds ratio 1.55, 95% CI 1.37 to 1.77).

I would like to suggest that a possible reason for this finding is that women are unlikely …

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