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Extreme Risk Protection Orders can help prevent suicide by gun.

Extreme Risk Protection Orders can help prevent suicide by gun.

Guns are not the only way that people end their lives or self harm, but they are the most lethal. Compared to other methods, firearms have a fatality rate of about 85%, while other methods result in death less than 5% of the time (Everytown for Gun Safety). By limiting access to firearms, we can keep guns out of the hands of people at high risk for suicide. Extreme Risk Protection Orders are one emerging way of doing that.

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Three overlooked facts about gun violence, told through one survivor's story.

Three overlooked facts about gun violence, told through one survivor's story.

I photographed Clai Lasher-Sommers, a gun violence and domestic violence survivor, years ago as part of the It Takes Us project. This weekend, she shared her story with WBUR news. Her story of survival and strength is amazing, but the circumstances that led to her injury are unfortunately not unique. 

Here are 3 important take-aways that Clai’s story illustrates:

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