Gun ownership is concentrated in the very same population that has the highest rate – and number- of suicides. According to a Pew Research Center study that tracks national trends in gun ownership, three-quarters of gun owners are male, and 82% are white. The Gun Shop Project was developed as a partnership between the New Hampshire Firearms Safety Coalition and the Means Matter Campaign. The goal is to join suicide prevention and firearm communities around the common goal of keeping people who may be at risk of suicide safe.
In support of this year’s toolkit emphasis on suicide prevention for men, we encourage you to consider an activity to implement a local version of the Gun Shop Project in your community. The Activity Tip Sheet provides a step by step approach to implementing this activity in your local community.