When we think about gun deaths in the United States, we usually think about mass shootings, like the one last week in Santa Fe, Texas — tragedies that have deeply divided the country.
But in New Hampshire, most gun deaths are suicides.
This often overlooked statistic inspired The Gun Shop Project, an unlikely team of New Hampshire gun owners and public health experts who came together in hopes of curbing gun suicides.
Nearly 10 years ago, the group decided the best way to try to do so was to teach employees of gun shops about the signs of suicide and encourage them not to make a sale if they think someone is struggling.
This summer, they’ve decided to broaden their efforts to firearm training classes, a place where they feel they could have even bigger impact than the original work that inspired similar projects across the country.