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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Firearms are used in more than 80% of all suicides in Oregon. According to a March 2021 report in The Washington Post, an estimated 24,000 people in the United States died by suicide with a gun in 2020 alone. Restricting access to firearms or removing all firearms from your home greatly reduces the risk that someone in your home will use a firearm for suicide. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by an increase in firearm purchases. Fewer gun owners, both new and experienced, are failing to securely store their firearms. (Kravitz-Wirtz, et al., Stanford Medicine, 2021)

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Oregon Dems: Go back and do better. Pass SB 978.

In Oregon, the Democratic party holds the governorship, the Senate, and the House. Governor Kate Brown ran on promises of strong action to reduce gun violence and received the endorsement of Ceasefire Oregon and other gun violence prevention organizations. The … read more

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month.

Suicide can be prevented.  If you are having thoughts of suicide, help is available 24 hours a day:  Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or  text 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line. Firearms are used in more … read more

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Analysis of the 2020 Federal and State Elections

Firearm death and injury is increasing but, to borrow a phrase from President-elect Joe Biden, we can marshal the forces of decency, compassion, and science to pass the laws and enact the policies that will end–yes, end–the nightmare of gun … read more