Gun Violence Prevention

Jennifer Longdon is a gun owner. She is also the victim of gun violence as her paralysis is the result of a still-unsolved drive-by shooting.  She shared her story with Congress in Fall 2019:

Each day in the US, 321 people are shot. Of those, roughly 90 die, including 9 children daily. Gun violence is a public health problem that costs Arizonans 1.9 billion dollars a year. That’s money not going to education, the environment, health care and other vital state needs.

We can take reasonable steps to prevent gun violence in Arizona — and America.

Our Priorities

Implement Universal Background Checks

Simply put, universal background checks (“UBCs” ) save lives. Jen advocates for background checks on the sale and transfer of all firearms without exception.

Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.  Therefore, we need to vet the people who want to buy firearms to ensure that prohibited possessors (felons, people with restraining orders, people on the terrorism watch list, etc.) are not able to buy firearms.

Universal background checks are quick – usually done in 90 seconds and at no charge.

Universal background checks work.  There has been a significant drop in gun crimes, domestic violence-related murders, and officers shot in the line of duty in states where UBCs have been implemented.

Authorize Extreme Risk Protection Orders

Extreme Risk Protection Orders (“ERPOs” ) are modeled on the well-established and proven systems of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault protection orders with careful protection for due process and standards of evidence.

Family members or law enforcement can ask a judge to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms if there is documented evidence that the person poses a serious threat to themselves or others.

Family members and police are often in the best position to see the warning signs of violence.

ERPOs will give families and law enforcement a tool to prevent a tragedy such as suicide, domestic violence-related homicide or even a mass shooting.

Improve Mental Health Services

The majority of gun deaths are the result of suicide. Every day, 17 veterans commit suicide. We owe them better access to supportive services.

Nearly 100% of those who attempt suicide by gun are successful.

Mental health experts tell us that when we can support a suicidal person through their crisis, the urge to commit suicide often fades.

Oppose the Extreme Gun Lobby

In recent years, the Arizona legislature has passed some of the most extreme pro-gun legislation in the nation. Every year, we see bills seeking to allow guns everywhere from college campuses to establishments that sell liquor. 

As just one example, recently some Republicans attempted to gut Shannon’s Law, which was championed by a Republican Attorney General with broad bipartisan support and signed by Jane Hull 2000, and which made discharging a firearm within city limits a felony.  GOP lawmakers sought to gut Shannon’s Law even though there has never been an instance where someone was wrongfully prosecuted since its enactment two decades ago.

Jen actively opposes any such legislation.

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