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  • June Post: Reflections on Gun Violence in America

    By Marian Hoy

    For the past 30 or so years, not a day has passed that one or more persons somewhere in this country haven’t been shot and killed by a gun. Sometimes, it’s an accidental shooting, but the lion’s share are suicides and murders by gunfire. Who are these people who are so angry, hurt or betrayed by life or another person that the only satisfying solution is to take a gun, and shoot and kill themselves or the person who wronged them?

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  • May Post: 10 Reasons Why HB 1911, Unlicensed Carry, is Bad Policy

    By Emma Thomson

    Since the Texas House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee has passed HB 1911, an unlicensed carry bill, we've decided to give you another installment of information on this dangerous bill.  Please spread the word and speak up!  Here are 10 reasons why unlicensed carry is a bad idea.

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  • April Post: Unlicensed Carry Undermines Individual Responsibility Needed for Second Amendment Right

    By Raul Camacho

    I chose, “It’s not just a right, but a responsibility!” as the slogan of my firearm training academy because as a former Texas Peace Officer, I know firsthand that the consequences of guns getting into the wrong hands – the hands of someone with criminal intent or someone unskilled in handling their weapon – can be devastating. When guns are involved, a careless act in a moment’s time can change lives forever.

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  • March Post: What Happens when Guns aren’t Locked Up?

    By John Wittman

    Austin couple Chris and Roger Moore had never worried about their kids visiting a house with a gun inside until 15 years ago, when their son Marshall went to a neighbor’s house to spend time with friends. While he was at his friend’s house, Marshall and his friends found an unlocked, loaded gun on a desk and began to play with it. The gun went off, killing Marshall well before his time.

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  • February Post: Suicide Prevention

    by John Wittman

    When people hear the phrase “gun violence,” many think of someone walking into a mall, or a movie theatre, or a classroom with an assault rifle and opening fire. Mass shootings are easily the most publicized form of gun violence, but it is important to realize that they are not the most deadly form of gun violence in America. 

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  • January Post: Five Steps To Keeping Kids Safe From Accidental Gun Incidents

    by guest blogger Jeffery Nelson

    I first became interested in the topic of gun safety with respect to children a few months ago when I was having a chat with a coworker. My colleague casually mentioned that she had a pistol on her night stand, a revelation not at all unique here in Texas, and that she always keeps it locked, loaded, and ready for action.

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  • December Post: A Legislative Agenda Designed to Lead the Way

    by Andrea Brauer

    As the 85th Legislative Session convenes in Austin, we’re setting our sights on promoting sensible regulations that everyone can get behind. Although about 3,000 gun-related deaths occur in our state each year, there are achievable measures that can be enacted to bring this number down.

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  • November Post: Preventing Suicides with Protective Orders

    by Andrea Brauer

    Suicide by gun takes the lives of approximately 1,700 Texans each year.  The evidence is increasingly clear that these losses of life are preventable, and one of the best strategies to address the issue is to focus on preventing access to guns when individuals are in crisis.  Lethal violence protective orders (LVPOs) are an effective tool in doing just that.

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  • October Post: Did you know October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month?

    by guest blogger Aaron Setliff

    During DVAM we celebrate women who have moved past violence and honor those murdered by someone who said they loved them.  The main aims for these efforts include public awareness of family violence, the need for services, and key measures we know to be successful in addressing this violence.

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  • September Post: Gun Control, Gun Regulation, and Gun Violence Prevention. Why Words Matter.

    by Andrea Brauer

    Seven years ago, in what was considered a radical departure from previous decisions, the Supreme Court held in the District of Columbia vs. Heller that the Second Amendment provides individuals with the right to bear arms, subject to regulation and some restriction.

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