As we enter Suicide Prevention Week 2019, gun violence continues to demand our attention in response to repeated instances of mass shootings. The story of gun violence in America, however, is truly one of suicide, with nearly two-thirds of all American gun deaths resulting from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is uniquely positioned to refocus the national conversation on gun violence prevention towards efforts that can address firearm suicide and, in doing so, help promote a national gun violence prevention strategy better suited to prevent as many gun deaths as possible.
In this virtual issue, AAS presents a series of articles on firearms and suicide previously published in its flagship journal: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. These articles approach the topic from a range of perspectives, helping to better understand risk factors for firearm suicide as well as providing insight into both legislative and non-legislative solutions to the problem.