Last year, 1,004 people were fatally shot by police. The vast majority of them were armed men.
Over the last two decades, the number of men who take their own lives each year has increased by over 13,000. That’s not 13,000 men who kill themselves annually–that’s 13,000 more men who kill themselves today than killed themselves a generation ago.
In 2017, 36,782 men committed suicide. Fortunately, cop killings are on the decline. But suicides are on the rise; Cowboys and Indians hit hardest:
For every white man killed by police, 65 white men kill themselves.
For every black man killed by police, 10 black men kill themselves.
For every Hispanic man killed by police, 18 Hispanic men kill themselves.
For every Other man killed by police, 36 Other men kill themselves (sorry, that’s how the data are recorded).
Are cop killings fifty times as preventable as suicides are? That’s what’s needed for the current efforts–granting efficacy to said efforts for the sake of argument–to result in as many lives being saved as effective suicide intervention would spare.
If people want to kill themselves, are they worth saving? Well, police shooting victims aren’t angels, either. If lives matter, they matter.