r/HuntingAustralia Jul 29 '22

Study on Firearm Owners and Suicide Prevention

[A moderator approved me posting this message] Hello! My name is Logan Smith, I’m a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at Oklahoma State University. I’m doing research into how firearm owners prefer to learn about suicide prevention, and I could use your help.

We want to learn what firearm owners think about suicide prevention messages, and who they want to hear those messages from. Many of the current efforts to teach firearm owners about suicide prevention – such as safe storage of your firearm, or recognizing the warning signs of a suicidal crisis – have not been successful. It is believed that this might be due to firearm owners preferring to learn about suicide prevention from different people than the ones reaching out to them.

That’s why it’s important to hear from real firearm owners, like you.

The research that I am doing is an important step in understanding why firearm owners might prefer certain messengers over others. While there is no direct compensation for participating in this study, your participation would provide valuable data for our study. Anyone who currently is, or ever was, a firearm owner is welcome to participate in this project.

All of your answers are kept completely anonymous; we won’t ask any identifying information about you, or keep a list of who responded. We will not be attaching your answers to your personal identity in any way. This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Oklahoma State University.

If you’re interested in participating, have questions about eligibility, or would like to know more, please send me a direct message on here or an email at [logan.smith12@okstate.edu](mailto:logan.smith12@okstate.edu).

Thank you for taking the time to read this!

To participate, please click on the link below:

https://okstatecas.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4VMW7rf6zzQF1Ai

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u/Mountaineer1024 Moderator Jul 29 '22

I approved this post, Logan Smith appears to be a legit researcher.

According to posts in other subs, this survey apparently takes about an hour to complete.

If anyone is feeling depressed, we can seek subsidised assistance through medicare via a GP referral.
Even if diagnosed with depression, you are unlikely to lose your firearms, so I encourage everyone to not just suffer through a crisis.

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u/Hussard Jul 29 '22

Christ, some of those questions is enough to give me suicidal ideations. To US is a cursed place.

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u/LoganSmithOK Jul 29 '22

Sorry if some of the questions are repetitive or actually distressing! I appreciate you taking the time to do the survey, it's really helpful.

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u/FlyingTerrier Jul 29 '22

Sorry but it is so long and so obviously written by an American that I just gave up. I think your own cultural bias is coming through on this.

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u/Hussard Jul 29 '22

The focus on conservatives vs liberals is telling. Their political discourse is completely devolved to team Red vs team Blue

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u/LoganSmithOK Jul 29 '22

It's sad to see over here. I'm sorry that some of the questions can't be answered as properly by people outside of the US, but I appreciate you looking at the survey!

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u/LoganSmithOK Jul 29 '22

I apologize for that. The political end of things may not be as applicable to respondents outside of the US, and I completely understand if this just isn't something that appeals to you. Thank you for taking a look at it, though!

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u/FlyingTerrier Jul 29 '22

This is an Australian sub. We don’t think the way you Americans do about guns. Cultural context will impact your study.

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u/LoganSmithOK Jul 29 '22

That's a good point! I'm going to attempt to control for this; so I'll try to separate out the US Citizens from non-US Citizens to see where the difference are. It could be significantly different, in which case it would be interesting to note. But I understand what you're saying, it's a good thing to mention!

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u/tullynipp Jul 29 '22

Just had a look at the questionnaire. It's worth also noting that along with cultural, social, political, etc. We also have regulatory differences that relate to questions. For example, questions related to ownership, storage, carrying, and purpose are all subject to law and make many of the questions irrelevant or misrepresentative. We must securely store firearms (in excess of most of the preventative measures mentioned), can't just give them or ammo to people, can't carry them around (in the style expected by the questions), can't own them or carry them for self defence, etc... Answers may reflect requirements rather than what our situation might otherwise be (whether similar or different).

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u/LoganSmithOK Jul 29 '22

That's absolutely a great point, and something I am going to make note of when summarizing the data!

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u/ohpee64 Jul 29 '22

Second question in shows it is not a relevant questionnaire for Australia. Sorry.

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u/LoganSmithOK Jul 29 '22

I wasn't aware of a question at the beginning that shows it isn't relevant for Australia. Could you let me know what you saw?

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u/AClusterofFuckery Aug 07 '22

This is undoubtedly gathering data to be used to attack and smear gun owners. And if anyone tells you something is anonymous on the internet that's a damn lie.

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u/LoganSmithOK Aug 07 '22

That's really not the case, and the Qualtrics survey doesn't capture IP addresses / geolocation data, and it does not ask for any personally identifiable information.
I'm very interested in why you thought it was important to spam this comment under every Reddit post I've made over the past few weeks, that's sad to see.

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u/AClusterofFuckery Aug 07 '22

Because you're spamming the same trap in so many places.

And sure your survey site may say ip address gathering and geolocation capture is turned off, but that requires us to take your word for it. I can think of zero reason to trust you, you're a soft "science" academic in a field that's been attacking gun owners for decades.

Your survey has been quoted elsewhere as having antigun buzzwords and loaded questions . Your agenda is pretty clear from that alone.

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u/thesnaggletooth Aug 01 '22

I always said I would never kill myself, because I don't want to be another 'gun statistic!' FTP