Gun buyback promotes gun safety and mental health awareness

Gun buyback promotes gun safety and mental health awareness

Content Warning: This article mentions suicide and contains other content which may be triggering to some readers. In an effort to offer a safe space for gun owners to dispose of their firearms, San Mateo County is holding a gun buyback event next month. The buyback event, scheduled for Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1000 Skyway Rd. in San Carlos, strives to get guns off the street and promote gun safety, as gun owners get financial compensation for each weapon they turn in. The event will accept any firearm, from a handgun to a shotgun, assault weapons, and ghost guns. I t also will be completely anonymous. Danielle Lacampagne, a co-chair for the Citizens for a San Mateo County Gun Buyback, explained why she created this type of event back in 2018. To her, the focus is more on stopping suicides rather than preventing mass shootings. “I have been a parent of kids growing up with lockdown drills and watching the news of mass shootings and being concerned on that level. Plus, I am a social worker and certainly know a lot about the risk of suicide by firearm,” Lacampagne said. “[In our county], suicides by gun represent about 74% of all gun deaths. They are all equally tragic, but the prevalence of suicides by gun do outweigh the prevalence of homicide in our county.” When Lacampagne initially tried to organize this event in 2018, she worked with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department. She […]

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