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."
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.
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
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.
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.
While it’s nice to think that politicians are busy sending “thoughts and prayers”, and giving space and time for the families of victims to heal before talking policy, it’s also a strategic stall to wait until their constituents have moved onto something else…
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.
“We worked real, real hard,” a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association’s Texas affiliate told the Dallas News in June. According to USA Today, the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action lobbied for all of the bills going into effect in September.
"The first thing to learn about gunshot injuries is to forget everything you thought you learned from watching news broadcasts, films, television, and other popular entertainment media. Any victim of any shooting knows much more about the reality of gunshot wounds and their effects than all of the Hollywood film writers and news media producers put together know or care to know. The reality is bloodier, more painful, and life-changing for survivors."
I photographed Clai Lasher-Sommers, a gun violence and domestic violence survivor, years ago as part of the It Takes Us project. This weekend, she shared her story with WBUR news. Her story of survival and strength is amazing, but the circumstances that led to her injury are unfortunately not unique.
Here are 3 important take-aways that Clai’s story illustrates:
On July 30th 2019, a 19-year-old brought a semiautomatic rifle to a local Santa Clara food festival. Despite festival’s security shooting at him in “less than a minute”, according to a witness, the gunman ended the lives of 3 people, including 2 children.
The military-style semiautomatic rifle used was purchased legally in Nevada on July 9th. (Los Angeles Times)
Ever been cut in line getting your morning coffee? Got a parking ticket even though you were only stopping for a minute? I have, and it made me temporarily “unhappy and annoyed”, or disgruntled (Merriam-Webster).