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Reports Indicate There Were Warning Signs Before Parkland Shooter Killed 17 People and Wounded More Than a Dozen
Red Flag Laws Can Save Lives by Creating a Way for Family Members and Law Enforcement to Act Before Warning Signs Escalate Into Tragedies; Red Flag Laws Also Address Another American Gun Violence Crisis— Firearm Suicide
NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, released the following statement today applauding Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for introducing the bipartisan Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act. This legislation would empower family members and law enforcement in 50 states to seek an Extreme Risk Protection Order, a federal court order that temporarily blocks a person from having guns when they pose a serious danger to self or others.
More information about Red Flag Laws is available here.
STATEMENT FROM JOHN FEINBLATT, PRESIDENT OF EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:
“States are putting forward strong Red Flag legislation with Everytown’s support, and it’s encouraging to see Congress follow suit. We applaud Sens. Blumenthal and Graham for introducing a common-sense, bipartisan bill that would give families and law enforcement a tool to intervene when someone is in crisis – and help prevent both gun homicides and suicides.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs