weekly blog--one for the ages
I just started reading Tony Castro’s new book about Mickey Mantle, possibly the best baseball player of all time if he hadn’t been injured during his rookie season chasing a Willie Mays fly ball in the 1951 World Series. The New York Yankee star played in an era when baseball was America’s pastime. Fast forward to the year 2019 and America seems to have replaced baseball with a new obsession: gun violence. Whether it evolves from bigotry, hate, anger, mental health issues, terrorism, or inner city gang warfare, innocent people are being killed at an alarming rate.
Now it is time for Americans to wake up and take action nationwide. Here are 10 things to consider doing from the Prevention Institute.
1. Reduce easy access to dangerous weapons
2. Establish a culture of gun safety
3. Reduce firearm access to youth and individuals who are at risk of harming themselves or others
4. Hold the gun industry accountable and ensure there is adequate oversight over the marketing and sales of guns and ammunition
5. Engage responsible gun dealers and owners in solutions
6. Insist on mandatory training and licensing for owners
7. Require safe and secure gun storage
8. Recognize gun violence as a critical and preventable public health problem
9. Ensure that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others have the resources to study this issue and provide science-based guidance
10. Explore the linkages between anger and gun violence