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THE SOUNDS OF GUNFIRE RINGING THROUGH HER SOUTHEAST D.C. NEIGHBORHOOD HAD ALWAYS KEPT NETA VAUGHT AWAY FROM FIREARMS. TO HER, GUNS SYMBOLIZED THE VIOLENCE THAT THE MOTHER OF THREE WORKED SO HARD TO SHIELD HER FAMILY FROM CONTINUED SHOOTINGS THAT KEPT HER FROM GIVING HER TWO TEENAGERS THE CHILDHOOD SHE WANTED. BUT AFTER WITNESSING THE NATIONAL TEMPERATURE RISE OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS, BETWEEN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND ONGOING PROTESTS AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY, VAUGHT FELT SHE NEEDED TO RECONSIDER HER SELF-DEFENSE OPTIONS. “AS A SINGLE MOM, I DON’T FEEL AS PROTECTED ANYMORE, AND I WANT TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT MY CHILDREN,” VAUGHT SAID. GUN-CONTROL GROUP EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY WILL BE SPENDING $1.6 MILLION ON POLITICAL ADS ACROSS, RADIO, INTERNET AND MAILERS THIS WEEK TARGETING REPUBLICANS IN LEGISLATIVE RACES IN AN ATTEMPT TO FLIP THE STATE’S LEGISLATURE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 60 YEARS. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE GROUP ANNOUNCED IT WOULD BE SPENDING $5 MILLION ON ARIZONA RACES, AND NEXT WEEK’S SPENDING SIGNALS THE START OF THE GROUP’S EFFORTS IN THE STATE. SHOOTINGS IN PORTLAND, OREGON, NEARLY TRIPLED OVER THE SUMMER AFTER MAYOR TED WHEELER DISBANDED THE CITY’S POLICE GUN CRIMES UNIT, ACCORDING TO NEW POLICE DATA. THE CITY RECORDED 223 SHOOTINGS IN JULY AND AUGUST, UP FROM 77 OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 2019. AND A LITTLE MORE THAN HALFWAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER THE CITY ALREADY HAD 64 SHOOTINGS, OR DOUBLE THE SHOOTINGS FROM THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR. ON MONDAY THE FEDERAL JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DECLARED PORTLAND AND TWO OTHER CITIES, SEATTLE AND NEW YORK, TO BE “ANARCHY JURISDICTIONS.”AT VIRTUALLY EVERY STOP ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS SOUGHT TO STRIKE AN EMOTIONAL CHORD IN AUDIENCES WITH A FAMILIAR WARNING. "SLEEPY JOE IS GONNA TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY," TRUMP DECLARED AT A RALLY IN MINNESOTA ON FRIDAY NIGHT, DISPARAGING HIS POLITICAL RIVAL AND DEMOCRATIC EFFORTS TO TIGHTEN FIREARM CONTROLS. THE DEATH OF SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG HAS INJECTED FRESH URGENCY INTO TRUMP’S RHETORIC AND ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST DIVISIVE STRUGGLES. AN INTERNAL REVIEW IS UNDERWAY INTO HOW A COWTOWN GUN FIGHTER WAS HURT IN AN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING OVER THE WEEKEND. SEVERAL GUNFIGHTERS WERE SHOOTING AT EACH OTHER DURING A HISTORIC RE-ENACTMENT GUNFIGHT AT WICHITA'S OLD COWTOWN MUSEUM FRIDAY, SEPT. 18. THE PARTICIPANTS WERE USING REAL FIREARMS, BUT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE LOADED WITH BLANK BULLETS. THE SCENE CHANGED FROM ACTING TO REAL LIFE JUST AFTER 9 P.M., WHEN ONE OF THE GUNFIGHTERS WAS SHOT. THE 24-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL IN SERIOUS CONDITION, AND HE IS EXPECTED TO SURVIVE.

DC – GUN CONTROL – White House Plan Breaks Taboo: A Focus On Guns And Veteran Suicide

This summer the Trump administration rolled out the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) – a long awaited strategy to bring down the rate of suicide in the military and among civilians. It focuses on enlisting community partners and a public awareness campaign to fight the stigma around seeking help during a mental health crisis. Critics in congress have said the plan isn’t proactive enough. But it does address one issue that has been seen as politically taboo: access to guns. Suicide is notoriously difficult to study since it’s a rare event, even as suicide rates for the military and civilians are on the rise. But if there’s one obvious place to fight veterans’ suicide, it’s firearms. Gun owners are four times more likely to die by suicide. Veterans are almost twice as likely to be gun owners, and one study showed that one in three vets store their guns loaded and unlocked. Guns are by far the deadliest method of suicide. But keeping guns away from veterans has been politically radioactive. “People really haven’t wanted to touch the issue of firearms safety,” said Terri Tanielian, a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND corporation. She says the new White House roadmap was a bit disappointing – it took 15 months to endorse a set of recommendations that aren’t very new. But she is happy that the White House plan mentioned “safe storage” of guns. There had been rumors that the powerful gun-rights lobby would get that section removed from the plan. “Now that we’re wading into that water, it is good to see that we are willing to talk about it and engage partners and do something meaningfully on this issue,” Tanielian said. The Department of Veterans Affairs has been talking about gun safety since at least 2013, sometimes putting free trigger-locks in big bowls in the waiting rooms, like lollipops at the doctor’s office. Still, Dr. Matt Miller, director of VA suicide prevention, doesn’t say politically loaded words like “gun control.” “We’re not talking about broad restrictions. We’re talking about lethal-means safety in the context of suicide prevention,” he said.  [full article]

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