Friday, January 27, 2023

Play

A critical number of rural IA nursing homes close; TX lawmakers consider measures to restrict, and expand voting in 2023 Session; and CT groups, and unions call for public-health reforms.

Play

Attorney General announces enforcement actions on ransomware, Democrats discuss border policies, and the FDA is relaxing rules for gay and bisexual men to donate blood.

Play

"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

IN Group: Restricting Gun Access Could Help Prevent Suicides

Play

Wednesday, September 7, 2022   

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, and Indiana advocates pushing for stricter gun laws say access to firearms should get more attention, especially when domestic violence is factored in.

In Indiana, there were 101 firearm-related suicides recorded by the Gun Violence Archive between 2020 and 2022. More than half were either murder-suicides or attempted murder-suicides.

Jerry King, president of the group Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence, said it means too many people are caught up in volatile situations with deadly outcomes.

"If you have an angry partner who can quickly grab a gun in the heat of passion, that's just as dangerous and as lethal as can be," King noted.

The group questions a state law allowing someone convicted of domestic violence to petition to have their gun-ownership right restored five years later. It also wants reversal of the state's "Permitless Carry" law adopted this year.

Supporters of the policy, which applies to handguns, argued background checks for purchases still offer protection, and people should not have to jump through extra hoops to defend themselves in public.

King argued there should be broader efforts to promote or require safe storage of firearms with the hope of preventing more suicides, and he emphasized it should go beyond the home.

"A good portion of these suicides happen in people's cars," King pointed out. "Some states have adopted policies that guns in personal vehicles also need to be stored in a box."

He is referring to portable gun safes designed for vehicles. King stressed having a firearm securely stored away added seconds to a crisis situation which could potentially slow the person down while they reconsider their actions.

States such as California and Connecticut have added vehicle storage requirements in recent years. A national advocacy group gives Indiana a failing grade for its overall storage laws.

Disclosure: Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence contributes to our fund for reporting on Civic Engagement, Consumer Issues, Gun Violence Prevention. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
New data show in California, 2021-22 state testing scores are even lower than the state's historically low testing scores. (Rawpixel/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Many of California's 13.5 million children and teens have not bounced back after the pandemic, especially children of color, according to the just-…


Social Issues

Americans continue to report low trust in mainstream media, with many younger than 30 saying they trust information from social media nearly as much …

Social Issues

A Minnesota House committee heard testimony Thursday about the governor's proposed spending plan for education. As these talks unfold, public polling …


From February 2020 to November 2021, the number of workers in nursing homes and other care facilities dropped by 410,000 nationally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

Health-care professionals say low pay and a worker shortage have led a dramatic number of nursing homes in rural Iowa to close their doors. They hope …

Health and Wellness

Health-care professionals and advocates in Connecticut have said it will take sweeping reforms to bolster the state's flailing public health system…

In a national survey, Michigan was ranked 27th among the 50 states for its cost, access and quality of long-term care supports and services. California was ranked first. (Flickr)

Social Issues

In her fifth State of the State address this week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer emphasized policies designed to put more money in Michiganders' pockets…

Social Issues

By nearly every measure, voter fraud in U.S. elections is rare, but that isn't stopping the Texas Legislature from considering dozens of bills this …

Social Issues

A Republican-sponsored bill in the Arkansas Legislature would make it illegal to circulate petitions at or near polling places during elections…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021