Blog

  • April 2017 Blog

    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 2017 Blog

    What Happens when Guns aren’t Locked Up?

    By John Wittman, Texas Gun Sense Intern

    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 Blog: Suicide Prevention

    by John Wittman, Texas Gun Sense Intern

    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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  • August Post: Texas’ New Campus Carry Law & the Legacy of Guns on Texas Campuses

    by Lauren Morgan

    I’m about to graduate with my Master’s in Social Work. As someone proud of receiving my degree from a prestigious Texas university, I am all the same glad I will not have to step foot on campus for many years. A major risk for gun violence is being introduced to Texas college campuses on a date that should serve as a stark reminder of the dangers of guns on campus.

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  • July Post: What Will Prevent Another Orlando?

    by Andrea Brauer

    As has now been widely reported, in the early hours of Sunday, June 12th, a lone man entered an Orlando nightclub with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and a handgun. Within a few hours, he had killed 49 innocent victims and wounded another 53 people. This tragedy naturally raises the question of what could have prevented this terrible tragedy, and more importantly, what can prevent future large-scale mass shootings.

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