Regarding "Our View" of April 28, "Gun accessibility and suicide," the editorial thinks if we can take guns away then the suicides will go away. That's a very simple answer to an extremely complex problem. In fact, it's too simple. The board states that we'd never give a depressed person a noose or easy access to deadly prescription drugs. But on the contrary, we do those very things. Ropes, electrical cords, belts etc., and prescription drugs are readily available to everyone. So I ask; why are they not used as often as guns?
Guns are used in suicides because they are the most effective tools. If a person is really intent on killing himself or herself, and they can't get a gun, then they'll employ the method that they feel will be the next most effective. These methods may include asphyxiation, drug overdose, hanging, jumping off a building, or drowning.
Some methods for suicide require the involvement of a completely innocent third person. These may include suicide by cop, jumping in front of a train, walking on a freeway, or having a head-on collision with another automobile.
Rest assured, the suicidal person is thinking of solving their own problems more than they're thinking of what additional problems they will cause to other people. In these events, the depression caused by the suicidal person's act may become a catalyst to cause the innocent third party to eventually take their own life.
It is impossible to legislate away every possible method humans can use to take their own lives. We need to address the causes of and cures for depression, not the causes of death, if we ever expect to see a reduction in suicide, and of equal importance, attempted suicide, rates.