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This documentary frames gun violence as both a disaster and a public health issue through the eyes of its victims. It addresses the critical issue of gun violence prevention by moving the conversation away from the polarizing extremes that have long dominated the debate and lifting up the voice and experiences of those who seek common ground and a new way forward.
Under the Gun examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow, even as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase. Through the lens of families impacted by the mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Isla Vista and Tucson, as well as those who experience daily gun violence in Chicago, the documentary looks at why politicians are finding it difficult to act and what is being done at the state and local levels. The film is executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric and directed by Stephanie Soechtig.
Every year, almost 40,000 people are killed by guns in America. Each shooting devastates and forever changes the victim’s family and friends. The new feature documentary, Behind the Bullet, explores a side of gun violence that’s rarely talked about- the impact a shooting has on the shooter. The film answers the question, what does shooting and killing someone do to a person whose intentions are good.
Each subject in the film tells the story of how the pull of a trigger, changed them emotionally, physically, psychologically, and spiritually. The complexity of each scenario plays out as they describe the conflicting emotions and moral injury that comes after a self-defense shooting, an accidental shooting or an unintentional shooting.
MLive - A program that aims to help reduce gun violence is coming to Jackson.
At it’s Tuesday, Aug. 17 meeting, the Jackson City Council approved allocating $1.5 million of its federal American Rescue Plan COVID-19 relief funds to a Group Violence Intervention program.
The city will enter a two-year partnership with the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College for design and implementation of a program specific to the city. The funds will cover the contract, which costs $140,000 the first year and $90,000 the second year, and support police department staff, crisis intervention and project referrals.
WTNH - Governor Ned Lamont signed two bills into law Tuesday. They are aimed at reducing gun violence and increasing gun safety. House Bill 6355 strengthens gun control policies already on the books and would prevent people with protection orders against them from getting gun permits or ammunition.
That bill passed 20 years ago after the Connecticut Lottery shooting. This updated law now opens the door to getting guns out of the hands of people who may be mentally ill.
WLWT - Another step is being taken in the push to end gun violence in Cincinnati.
City leaders and community members said Monday that proposed legislation would help.
Cincinnati council member Greg Landsman is behind the legislation meant to crack down on gun violence, protect citizens and keep communities safe.
Landsman said it will empower community groups and leaders, offer training and problem-solving and will allow those groups to submit plans to the city.
How to Get Involved
Lawmakers can learn lessons from auto safety. To start, they can put in effect more rigorous requirements for owning firearms. “For the most part, it is much easier to be a legal gun owner in America than it is to be a legal driver,” says David Hemenway, director of the Injury Control Research Center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Researchers are also finding links between right-to-carry laws – which require governments to issue concealed - carry permits to citizens who meet certain requirements–and spikes in firearms crime. Another measure that has attracted lawmakers’ attention is extreme-risk protection orders, also known as gun-violence restraining orders. These allow family members or law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily bar an at-risk person from buying firearms. Evidence suggests that these orders save lives. A 2017 study in Law and Contemporary Problems estimated that in Connecticut, every 10 to 20 gun seizures averted a suicide.
Doctors can play a key role in educating families about gun safety, particularly when it comes to keeping guns out of the hands of young children. Studies show that some 3-year-olds are strong enough to shoot a gun. By the time they reach school age, about 75% can fire a weapon. As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians start asking about firearms in the home when children are 3 years old and curious about the world – and objects – around them.
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