As can be seen in this graphic, the shocking correlation between state ideology and gun death is driven primarily by suicides. Wyoming, which also leads the nation in total suicide deaths per capita, sadly also ranks nearly highest for gun deaths by suicide.
Here's another look at gun deaths by suicide, this time by major metropolitan areas:
While this data adds further complexity to the debate on guns, it should also shape the debate over mental health in America. And no matter where you stand on these issues, there's one thing we should all agree on - policy issues are always more complex than they appear on the surface.
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