More on suicide rates and support for the gun control initiative

Some readers pointed out (please, leave a comment here next time!) that the relationship between suicide rates and support for the gun control initiative might be spurious. Well, it looks like it is:


Estimate Std. Error t value Pr(>|t|)
Suicide rate (females) 0.52 0.64 0.81 0.42
Suicide rate (males) -0.09 0.26 -0.32 0.75
German speaking -10.53 2.80 -3.77 0.00
Urbanization 0.09 0.05 1.76 0.09
% Catholics -0.15 0.07 -2.08 0.05
(Intercept) 47.74 11.52 4.15 0.00

However, controlling for urbanization and share of Catholics, there seems to be a correlation between suicide rates and percent of yes to the initiative — but only in non-German-speaking cantons:

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