About fifty percent of Americans drank alcohol in the past month. Alcohol Facts and Statistics | National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) About twenty to thirty percent own firearms. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...ate-the-number-of-gun-owners-thats-a-problem/ So with 3x as many alcohol deaths as gun deaths, the per capita risk of death from drinking alcohol at least monthly is equal to or greater than the per capita risk of death because you own a gun. As for America's total suicide rate, I'm wary of saying we have an epidemic because of statistics that cherry pick one suicide methodology or one demographic. Our total suicide rate--all demographics, all ages--is not unusual. Is a thirty five year old father committing suicide by jumping any less tragic than a nineteen year old commiting suicide with a rifle?