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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.

PA – GUN SAFETY – Two firearms safety instructors have a plan to prevent suicides among gun owners

Most days of the week, Sarah Albrecht works as a doula and childbirth educator, where she’s learned to help women dealing with the stress of pregnancy, the pain of miscarriage and postpartum depression that seems to come out of nowhere. But on Monday nights, the 39-year-old works as a range safety officer at a gun club in Chester County, where she teaches children and teenagers—including her son—how to shoot. Albrecht emphasizes that she is not a mental health professional. However, as a doula, she’s seen how a mental health crisis can emerge. One in five people in the U.S. experience mental illness each year. Firearms are used  in half of all suicides in the U.S., and Albrecht also has personal knowledge of the risks. Sarah knew four people who died by suicide. Two of them used firearms. For some people, tragedies like these are reasons not to own guns or keep them in the house. However, about 43 percent of U.S. households do have guns, a recent Gallup poll shows. For that group—about 140 million people live in those households—Albrecht and a colleague have come up with a plan they hope can prevent firearms deaths by giving gun owners a chance to turn in their weapons during a crisis. They’re calling the effort “Hold My Guns.” Their hope is that when people know things are getting out of hand, “they get help, and take a break from their firearms if they own any,” Albrecht said. But “taking a break” from firearms, as Albrecht put it, can be harder than it seems. In some states, including Pennsylvania, it’s against the law to give a handgun to someone else unless they have a permit.

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