"Is it possible there is a way to respect our country's long and important tradition of firearms and yet make this a safer place to live? We would argue: Yes."
GOFRO Board Member Jenna Yuille Joins with President Obama to Support Comprehensive Background Checks
"Thank you President Obama for taking a stand and doing the right thing to make our country safer and reduce gun violence! I am so honored to be here at the White House for the President's announcement today to improve gun safety in America. Slowly but surely, we are making progress" --Jenna Yuille
President Obama will release proposals this week to increase the effectiveness of federal background checks:
Seven things our country can do to reduce gun violence:
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to an assault weapons ban in Highland Park, Illinois:
NY Times Front Page Editorial - "It is a moral outrage and national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed to kill with brutal speed and efficiency"
"Suicide accounts for more than two-thirds of the 32,000 firearms deaths the United States averages every year. Or, to come at the issue a different way: Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for Americans aged 15 to 34, and more than 50 percent of cases involve guns. A big reason for the prevalence of firearms in suicides is the deadliness of guns themselves: When a firearm is used in a suicide attempt, there’s an 85 percent chance of it being successful. Whatever numbers you look at, they point to a significant public health problem. But because of a host of misconceptions and a lingering social stigma, suicides by firearm receive little popular attention."
"The reality of self-defense gun use bears no resemblance to the exaggerated claims of the gun lobby and gun industry. The number of justifiable homicides that occur in our nation each year pale in comparison to criminal homicides, let alone gun suicides and fatal unintentional shootings."
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