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When in doubt look at the numbers

I can't find any 2021 stats on LA suicides, but in previous years it has run slightly over the US average and was running at about 16 suicides per 100,000 population per year. With a state population of 4.6 million that is means that about 2 people per day take their own lives. Or 730 per year

Total COVID deaths in LA since the start is 9560. Since the start was about a year ago then this will do as an annual figure.

So it looks like the COVID death rate is 13X that of the suicide rate. Now it is reasonable to argue that there has been a surge in suicide late in the year, but the same holds true for COVID.

So the question is, why would your associate in LA report this fact. Maybe he is on the police police call out list for suicide and his name starts with AA. More probably he buys into false narratives and is using his expert position to give credence to his argument.

So next time you talk to him, ask him where his data is coming from
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