White House Unveils New Plan to Prevent Suicides By Gun, With Focus on Military Members and Vets

White House Unveils New Plan to Prevent Suicides By Gun, With Focus on Military Members and Vets

In 2019, firearms were the most common method used in suicide deaths in the United States, accounting for nearly 24,000 deaths Part of the cross-agency plan will focus on the safe storage of guns Expanded efforts will also be underway within the Department of Veterans Affairs, focused on suicide prevention and safety planning The Biden administration is rolling out a new initiative aimed at reducing suicides by gun and combating the significant increases in suicides by members of the military and veterans. The White House is announcing the new plan on Tuesday, which officials say is an unprecedented focus by the federal government on reducing the risk of suicide through awareness and training campaigns and new regulations to increase the availability of gun storage products. The plan calls for federal agencies, including the Defense Department, Homeland Security, the Justice Department, Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs and the Department of Transportation’s emergency medical services office to create public awareness campaigns to encourage safer storage of guns and training for counselors, crisis responders and others. The effort also includes the Justice Department finalizing a rule that was first proposed in 2016 and would require stores that sell firearms to also offer secure gun storage and safety devices, the White House said. In 2019, firearms were the most common method used in suicide deaths in the United States, accounting for nearly 24,000 deaths, or a little over half of all suicide deaths, according to federal health statistics. Experts say many people […]

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