There is a lot to think about here in this article from an Oregon writer who, like many of us grew up in small-town Oregon hunting and "plinking" and learning about firearm safety, the value of the outdoor life and responsible ownership. Yes that was a long time ago and unfortunately many of the institutions and community leaders that emphasized responsible gun ownership are no longer present. But it is long past time for those of us who are gun owners but who abhor the the current epidemic of gun violence and guns at any price political lifestyle to speak up. It seems to me the essence of public health is solid research, testing different approaches, and focusing on those that can contribute to an effort to protect the public. Approaching this as a public health issue where we come together to try some sensible ways to deal with this problem offers a way forward.
The majority of Americans do not have a problem with gun ownership but do believe strongly that gun laws should be more strict. They strongly support specific measures including limiting "assault-style" firearms and high capacity magazines. The poll also shows there are a number of misconceptions around the scale and nature of gun violence. There is a good deal of information in this poll for all of us to ponder and it is well-worth reading in depth.
Gun owners and hunters need to take the lead to stop gun violence.
The effort to refer SB 719 Extreme Risk Protective Order failed to gain enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. SB 719 allows household members or law enforcement to request a judge to temporarily remove firearms from someone who poses an extreme risk of violence to themselves or others.
GOFRO supported SB 719. Many of us as gun owners have experienced the need to remove firearms from easy access by aging relatives or troubled youth. If necessary, an Extreme Risk Protective Order helps provide a legal process to do that using a civil court order issued by a judge after hearing evidence of need. We believe the legal process established in this legislation achieves a fair balance between the rights of gun owners and the rights of family members and the community to be safe from gun violence.
The bill goes into effect January 1, 2018.
New Pew Research Poll takes an in-depth look into the complex relationship Americans have with guns and how that relationship intersects with their policy views.
New Study from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows firearm-related deaths are the third leading cause of death overall among US children aged 1 to 17 years and the second leading cause of injury-related death. "This is the most comprehensive analysis of firearm-related deaths and injuries among US children to date . . ."
In February, the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals struck down a Florida law that prohibited doctors from asking patients about gun ownership and gun safety. This month, the State of Florida has decided not to appeal that decision.
We support common sense requirements to keep firearms away from children.
The U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit has upheld Maryland's assault weapons ban finding it consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in D.C. v. Heller.
To read the full decision of the Court of Appeals click on this link: