Whitney Austin: Keeping guns from those in crisis is as important as protecting the right to ownership

Whitney Austin: Keeping guns from those in crisis is as important as protecting the right to ownership

Not everyone gets the chance to look death in the face and come out on the other side with an opportunity to make an impact and save lives. But on September 6, 2018, the opportunity found me when twelve bullets ripped through my body. Thanks to the bravery of the Cincinnati Police Department, the Cincinnati Medical Center, and countless first responders, I survived and was reunited with my precious children and husband. In mere minutes, four people, including the shooter, lost their lives. That’s a tragedy I want to prevent from happening again — and why I am proud to support Crisis Aversion and Rights Retention (CARR) legislation in Kentucky. For those quick to dismiss this as another gun control effort, I ask that you take a moment and focus on the words “rights retention.” And keep an open mind. This is not about stripping gun owners of their rights or taking away guns from law-abiding citizens. It’s about helping people in crisis to ensure they don’t hurt themselves, their loved ones or anyone else. It’s doing what any reasonable person would do if faced with such a situation in their own family. Gun rights and gun ownership have become highly polarizing issues in our society, which has made it difficult to have meaningful discussions about them, particularly in state legislatures. But these problems aren’t going away. And after my experience, I refuse to throw up my hands and say, “there’s nothing we can do to stop gun violence […]

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