Nationally, about two-thirds of the 30,000 gun deaths in a given year are the result of people using a firearm to kill themselves. In Travis County, where the homicide rate is lower than the national average and the suicide rate is higher, the ratio is even more lopsided.
From 2010 through 2012, the Travis County medical examiner’s office reported fewer than 60 firearm-related homicides — including seven by police officers using their service guns. But 189 people killed themselves with a gun. Eight additional firearm-related deaths were ruled accidental during the three-year-period.
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