The US is in the midst of a gun crisis, with a nationwide surge in suicides and gun deaths, according to a new study.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says the country is at a high risk of gun violence.
The report was commissioned by the US Congress and commissioned by The Trace, a website that collects data on gun violence in the US.
The authors say there are a number of reasons why Americans are choosing to take their own lives.
“The increase in suicides among Americans is due to many factors, including a combination of multiple causes including mental health, substance abuse, and gun ownership,” the authors write.
“However, there is a third factor contributing to this surge in suicide: the proliferation of T-shirts and other products designed to conceal firearms.”
A spokesperson for the US Department of Health and Human Services said there was no way to know how many people in the United States have attempted suicide since the election of President Donald Trump.
“We have not determined a precise number of people who have attempted to commit suicide this year, and we are committed to working with partners to help them make the most of this opportunity,” the spokesperson said.
But the report also shows that the prevalence of guns in homes is higher than anywhere else in the country.
According to the report, while the percentage of people living in homes with guns is lower than the US average, the proportion of people with guns in the homes is more than three times higher than the United Kingdom.
“If we are to reverse the trend, we need to see more gun-related deaths among the people in our communities,” said Sarah Seidel, president of the National Alliance to End Gun Violence.
“Gun violence is a public health issue that is preventable and the answer is not to allow people to have guns,” she added.
In 2017, there were 7,854 deaths due to firearm-related injuries in the U.S.
A suicide note, posted to Facebook by a woman who killed herself at a gun range in Virginia, is one of many recent examples of gun suicides that have been documented.
“In 2017 the number of suicides due to guns was more than 3,000, compared to only 1,813 deaths due that to any other causes,” the researchers said.
“This trend continues to this day.”
“This is the highest number of firearm deaths since the early 1900s, and it has been accelerating since 2015,” the report said.
“We can do more, but the evidence indicates that this trend is only going to get worse.”
The researchers also found that people who own guns were more likely to have a history of mental health problems than people who did not.
They found that guns were associated with the highest suicide risk among those with a history or current mental health issue, the authors added.
“Many people who kill themselves are depressed, and that depression often begins long before the suicide attempt,” Seidel said.
She added that gun ownership has a “deeply troubling” impact on the lives of people.
“It is clear that a lot of these suicides are driven by people with mental health issues who feel trapped by a lack of mental healthcare and who are not able to access mental health services,” Seel said.