CT advocates celebrate White House gun violence prevention office
Friday, September 29, 2023
Connecticut advocates are keen to see what will come from the recently established White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention.
The new office will implement executive and legislative actions relating to gun violence prevention.
Jeremy Stein, executive director of the group CT Against Gun Violence, hopes the office will take as hard an approach to gun violence prevention as Connecticut has.
In June, Gov. Ned Lamont signed legislation to strengthen gun violence prevention laws. While Stein feels mass shootings should always remain an area of focus, he argued community gun violence needs to be a priority.
"We also need to make sure that people feel safe in their communities," Stein contended. "There are communities around the country and in Connecticut that we really have not done a great job in providing the same level of resources that we do in more suburban communities."
A 2023 report found 15% of adults in Connecticut feared gun violence, ranging from 5% in suburban areas to 42% in larger urban ones.
While there is hope the new office will create swift change at the federal level, Stein emphasized it could also improve gun violence prevention measures in Connecticut, but he noted there is not a singular solution to the problem of gun violence.
"There's different forms of gun violence whether we're talking about community gun violence, suicide, domestic violence, etc.," Stein outlined. "There may be different solutions for each form of those gun violence, but I think it's important to understand what is working and what's not."
He advocates for a realistic look at gun violence prevention, starting with addressing easy access to firearms - the common denominator in many gun crimes. A Pew Research Center report found 42% of adults live in a household with a gun. Owners list personal protection as their number one reason for having it.
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