Guns are the catalytic component in murder-suicide. Just as important, it must be understood that the emotional factors that drive suicide can be all too easily turned outward on friends, family, co-workers, and complete strangers because of the unmatched lethality of firearms. Every major murder-suicide study ever conducted has shown that a firearm—with its unmatched combination of lethality and availability—is the weapon most often used to murder the victims, with the offenders then turning the gun on themselves.
VPC executive director
August 5, 2002
[Apparently Mr. Sugarmann didn’t include murder-suicide studies done in Japan in his review of papers. Murder-suicide is far more common in Japan than in the U.S. and yet guns are almost never used.–Joe Huffman]
I don’t know why the Japanese studies would concern me… I am much more concerned with the studies in the United States… it is much more likely that I would be effected by the murder/suicide of someone here….
The point is that elimination of guns from the population doesn’t disable the population from engaging in that sort of activity. Josh Sugarmann implies that it would, but there is no evidence to support that conclusion.