Marco Rubio on Extreme Risk Protection Orders

Marco Rubio on Extreme Risk Protection Orders

Admittedly, I’ve not read much about Senator Rubio’s record on gun reform but this seems well-intentioned and something that should be widely agreed upon.

"Red-flag laws empower law enforcement or family members to use the judicial system to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. In Florida, when a concerned family member contacts the police about a person determined to be a threat to himself or others, the police can petition a judge to have his guns taken away for two weeks. After an additional hearing, the risk protection order can be extended for up to a year."

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Gun suicide poses a serious risk for police officers.

Gun suicide poses a serious risk for police officers.

Anyone who owns or carries a gun should know that access to a firearm increases the risk of suicide by three times (Everytown for Gun Safety). Officers are trained in gun safety for work. Suicide awareness and prevention should be addressed as a core part of that training.

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Gun store owners, doctors, and Family Members are key allies in preventing suicide by gun.

Gun store owners, doctors, and Family Members are key allies in preventing suicide by gun.

We generally thing of suicide as being an individual struggle. However, looking over this article from The Trace, 10 Essential Facts About Guns and Suicide, what stood out to me was the unexpected people who could help prevent suicide by gun, including gun store owners, doctors, and family members

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Extreme Risk Protection Orders can help prevent suicide by gun.

Extreme Risk Protection Orders can help prevent suicide by gun.

Guns are not the only way that people end their lives or self harm, but they are the most lethal. Compared to other methods, firearms have a fatality rate of about 85%, while other methods result in death less than 5% of the time (Everytown for Gun Safety). By limiting access to firearms, we can keep guns out of the hands of people at high risk for suicide. Extreme Risk Protection Orders are one emerging way of doing that.

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New gun laws in Texas reflect fear, not safety. 

New gun laws in Texas reflect fear, not safety. 

All of these changes reflect the philosophy that during an emergency, more guns provide more safety. Instead of charging individuals with their safety, a method that involves giving lethal weapons to subjectively biased and untrained citizens, we must work together to create solutions that protects us all - ones informed by factual evidence rather than fear.

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An important conversation about the link between guns and suicide:

An important conversation about the link between guns and suicide:

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Policy Analyst Dakota Jablon, Executive Editor Bryan Barks, and Director of Public Health Programs Vicka Chaplin came together to share thoughts on firearm suicide, mental illness, and laws that can save lives. Their conversation is below.

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