Suicide is an ever-increasing tragic event, even in Adams County, that affects all the lives touched by it. In addition to looking at the varied reasons why people decide to take their own lives, it is also important to look at the means that they use to do so.

Since 2016, the overwhelming number of suicides in Adams County involve guns, a means that is almost always fatal. Thus, if we want to reduce the number of suicides, we must address the issue of firearms in the home.

Marcella Amspaugh is a member of the Suicide Prevention Task Force of Healthy Adams County and Gettysburg for Gun Sense.

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