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Many times in the gun violence debate, we hear people make the argument that it is not the gun, but the gun holder that is the problem. This points to potential underlying mental health issues that the gun-violence dialogue brings to light. However, is that truly the case? Does the gun play no role, or a minimal role, in gun violence? From reported data, it seems that the presence of a gun in the household drastically increases the risk of suicide and homicide independent of other factors. It would be great to hear the expert opinion on this!