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Reply to ‘Exposure to firearms, not marriage, the true risk factor for firearm suicide among women’
  1. Mark S Kaplan1,
  2. Bentson H McFarland2,
  3. Nathalie Huguet1
  1. 1Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA
  2. 2Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mark S Kaplan, School of Community Health, Portland State University, PO Box 751, Portland 97207-0751, Oregon, USA; kaplanm{at}

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We thank Dr Johnson1 for her contribution to our previous report on factors associated with firearm suicides. The study indicates that firearm access is a true risk factor for suicide. She correctly notes that marriage is a proxy for women's increased exposure to firearms in the home. We agree with this possibility. In fact, in a study on the growing problem of firearm suicide among older …

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  • Funding This work was supported in part by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.