New Strategy Treads Carefully Around Firearms

Critics say the White House’s much-anticipated new strategy to address the rise in suicides doesn’t go far enough—but it does take on a hot-button issue, particularly around veterans: access to firearms.
 
Vets are nearly twice as likely to own firearms—and gun owners are 4X more likely to die by suicide. But limiting vets’ access to firearms is a “radioactive” issue politically.
 
Whatever the plans’ limitations, its focus on safe gun storage, like giving a spouse the keys to a gun safe, or removing guns during a crisis, is one even some gun rights lobbyists are on board with.  
 
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