Gun violence prevention requires both action for gun safety and action for the people who use guns.
Action for gun safety must include background checks, careful red flag laws, more gun safety classes, and more. (See below)
Action for the people who use guns is about behavioral changes. We want to stop people from being violent. Full stop. Whether they use guns, sticks, knives or any other deadly weapon, we can do more to stop their violent intentions. Teaching coping skills and healthy relationship skills to high school students probably will not stop homicides by drug cartels, but it certainly can reduce domestic violence.
Preventing suicides -- by firearm or any method -- can be improved with better access to mental health and substance use treatment.
I've just returned from the NCSL Summit, National Conference of State Legislatures 2019 convention, where I've learned some useful approaches.
At the event, I was honored by Mental Health America as a Champion for Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment. It is recognition of the work that Neighbors Council and I have done to prevent suicide and improve access to mental health treatment in Arizona. Currently we are working on a big project to improve access to counselors, psychologists and all forms of mental health and behavioral health treatment.
You can help! We are gathering stories to develop data about the problems of access to care in Arizona.
Have you, or do you know somebody who was denied treatment or who cannot find a provider? Please CLICK HERE to help. You will be anonymous on the survey.