September 20, 2023
In 2022, 26,993 people in the United States died by suicide with a firearm, and according to recent data, 4,193 Texans died by suicide in 2021. While all suicide attempts have an 8.5% death rate, those involving firearms are the number one cause of suicide death and have an 89.6% mortality rate.
These numbers are startling, and we’re committed to improving them. We know that by limiting access to firearms for those in crisis, we can reduce suicide. That is why we will continue advocating for passage of an Extreme Risk Protection Order, promoting safe gun storage education, and growing our collaboration with doctors, veterans, gun dealers, and other stakeholders to expand temporary out-of-home firearm storage for Texans in crisis.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Take our pledge to join us in demanding gun safety for all.
If you or someone you know is struggling, we encourage you to seek help by checking out these resources:
September Volunteer Spotlight: Saisha Agarwal! She is a Texas-based high school student who assists with our digital content creation. Our work wouldn’t be possible without volunteers like her!
VOLUNTEER WITH US – Our volunteer opportunities change throughout the year, but there are many ways you can support Texas Gun Sense and facilitate the change you want to see in your community. We also have upcoming opportunities specifically designed for students!
You can sign up for our volunteer email list, and one of us will get back to you.
SUPPORT OUR MISSION
As we continue our mission to promote gun safety and put an end to gun violence in Texas, we want to express our gratitude for your ongoing support. Your contributions have been instrumental in enabling Texas Gun Sense to make a positive impact in our communities. We encourage you to keep donating and supporting our cause, as every contribution plays a vital role in preventing gun violence in Texas.