Reviving Research to Prevent Gun Violence

Below, please read and share this stirring article published in the New England Journal of Medicine written by Mark Barden's cousin, Chana A. Sacks, M.D.

In her piece, she highlights the timeline in which research on gun violence prevention was suppressed further and further, beginning in the 1980s, leading all the way to 2011 and the present day. Dr. Sacks advocates for increased funding and research on gun violence prevention in memory of Daniel Barden, and all of the children lost on December 14th, 2012.

She says, "As a hurting cousin and as a determined physician, I believe there is a path to better understanding and to reducing firearm-related violence. Armed with rigorously gathered data, we can elucidate pathways, identify targets, and develop interventions that may prevent other families from becoming part of a growing group whose lives have been transformed by gun violence."

Please read and share her piece at this link: http://bit.ly/1wrEhoq 


#ItsNoAccident

Unintentional gun deaths and injuries that occur when a child gains access to an adult's gun are often called "accidents"; they are not.

SHP will begin using the hash tag #‎ItsNoAccident in response to the innumerable amount of child gun deaths and injuries that would be avoided by following safe storage practices.

We believe gun deaths & injuries caused by children accessing guns are not accidents but the result of irresponsibility and negligence by adults. It is time to follow and enact child access prevention laws. #ItsNoAccident#‎ProtectOurKids‬ ‪#‎KeepItSafeandSecure‬


In Kansas, It's Not Illegal to Have a Firearm Within Access of a Child

A lapse in Kansas law was discovered this January by a single dad named Theodore Redick. After his 6 year old son came back from a visit to his mother's home, he told his father that he had seen a gun on his mother's dresser. When Mr. Redick called the police to report the situation, they told him that it was not illegal to have a firearm around or within access of a child.

Because of this, he is testifying in support of Kansas SB 222, a measure that would make it a crime for any person, not just a parent or guardian, to "recklessly expose children to dangerous weapons such as a loaded firearm."

The case above highlights the importance of keeping firearms safe and securely away from children. You can learn more about safe storage here: http://bit.ly/1L54cpJ ‪#‎KISS‬

Read more about Mr. Redick's story and SB 222 HERE


Members of One Erie Community are Calling for More Parent Engagement

Community members in Erie, PA are encouraging increased parent involvement in order to reduce gun violence in their city.

Neighbors and members of the Clergy are speaking out, asking mothers and fathers to reach out to their kids and stop violence before it can start.

We applaud this community for understanding that by working together we can all protect our kids, because no love is stronger than the love parent has for their child. ‪#‎ParentTogether‬ ‪#‎ProtectOurKids‬

Read more on their thoughts here: http://bit.ly/1MRvz7v


Major Medical Communities Call Gun Violence a "Public Health Crisis"

"It does not matter whether we believe that guns kill people or that people kill people with guns -- the result is the same: a public health crisis."

Seven medical groups have released a statement proposing policy changes to slow the rate of gun-related injuries and deaths in the United States. Together, they outlined recommendations including things like advancing universal background checks, increasing mental health care, and eliminating laws that bar doctors from talking to their patients about guns and safety.

They hope to model the proposed recommendations after successful campaigns that helped stem tobacco use, increase seat-belt use, and avoid accidental poisonings. Read more on their recommendations and their call to action against preventable gun injuries and deaths HERE

 


Former Police Officer Kills 3 on Sunday in Georgia

Our thoughts and prayers go out to victims and their families after a former Gainesville Police Department officer shot his ex-wife, her friend, and a local sheriff and deputy on Sunday in Habersham County, Georgia.

Three people were killed including the shooter. The sheriff and deputy are recovering from their injuries.

Read more on this sad story HERE


One Year Later in Alturas, California

Our thoughts are with the families, friends, and victims of the mass shooting at the Cedarville Rancheria in Alturas, California just over a year ago.

On February 20th, 2014, a woman shot 6 people, killing 4, during an eviction hearing. We send our love to the Alturas community.

Read more HERE


You Can Still Participate in No One Eats Alone Day!

National No One Eats Alone Day was Friday, February 13th. And though the official celebrations might be over for now, you can still take steps to combat social isolation in your schools and communities today. Check out our guide with 15 steps here: bit.ly/1B13W8a 

At the link HERE, you can also see Nicole and the students at Wilbur Wright school in Cleveland last week for some ideas that you can bring into your cafeteria for any time you want to hold a No One Eats Alone event! #NOEA #PromiseDay 

Join the 377,000 who've made the Sandy Hook Promise