Gun violence and mass shootings are the focus of attention in Congress, and rightly so. But the news that suicide rates are continuing to rise in the United States adds to the need for the nation to establish stricter gun safety laws.

Researchers at Ohio State University studied 453,577 U.S. residents aged 25-65 who died by suicide from 1999 to 2016. The report, published Sept. 6 by JAMA Network Open, found significantly higher suicide rates in rural communities and places with high poverty and a proliferation of gun shops.

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