A combination of better mental health services, the training to look for early warning signals, a significant reduction in the number of career and enlisted soldiers who are allowed to bear arms along with a 24 hour watch period and the immediate removal of all service weapons from anyone who's made a suicidal remark has drastically reduced (over 30%) the number of suicides in the Isaeli army. Despite tragic setbacks, army is lowering suicide rate within its ranks | The Times of Israel And in the USA, again the only country I'm really interested in, there are two recent studies which bear out the following.....the states with the laxest gun laws have some of the highest rate of gun deaths....and the states with the strictest gun control laws have some of the lowest. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/us/report-links-high-rates-of-gun-violence-to-weak-laws.html?_r=0 Nothing happens in a vacuum. I do understand that simply removing guns will not prevent all, or maybe even most, of the deaths or suicides in the USA, but I also know that better regulating who gets to buy the weapons would play a big part in doing so. Pity you can't acknowledge the same but must rely on the same tired --- but what about swimming pools and what about ropes and what about whatever else I can think of to throw in the mix so I don't have to admit that not everyone should own a gun.