San Jose Councilmember pushes proposal to prevent gun violence

San Jose Councilmember pushes proposal to prevent gun violence

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — Nearly four months after the mass shooting at a VTA rail yard in San Jose took the lives of nine employees — advocates and city leadership are proposing a multifaceted approach to reduce firearm violence throughout the city. San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez hosted a press conference outside City Hall Tuesday along with supporters to discuss his memo that aims to reduce gun violence through preventative mental health and sociological measures. “While it is our duty as civic leaders to take measures to reduce or even eliminate gun-related deaths and injuries, when we address gun violence in our community, suicide prevention, intimate partner violence, substance abuse and mental health support all need to be an integral part of the conversation,” said Peralez. “According to the CDC, in the United States, while mass shootings like the one at the VTA and at the Gilroy Garlic Festival just two years ago do get high profile attention, they account for less than 1% of firearm-related deaths.” San Jose Council member Raul Peralez at a press conference Tuesday at City Hall along with supporters to introduce a memo aimed to reduce gun violence. Recently, the city has moved to strengthen its gun violence prevention measures, including requiring that guns be stored in lockboxes when not in use to mandating that gun owners have gun liability insurance. Advocates say despite this progress, they are still continuing to push for more gun violence preventative measures to ensure any individual does […]

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