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Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) has introduced the Gun Suicide Prevention Act or H.R. 5436. This legislation will mandate that firearms dealers hand out information for the suicide prevention hotline to those who purchase firearms.

This legislation is very strange and the only real concern that can be had with it is the language used in the press release for it.

From Congresswoman Julia Brownley’s press release:

“The epidemic of gun violence continues to plague communities throughout our country and forever changes the lives of families who have lost someone to gun death. However, the debate surrounding gun safety overlooks the role that guns play in suicide,” said Congresswoman Julia Brownley. “In fact, two-thirds of gun deaths in the United States are from suicides.

“We lose 20 veterans a day to suicide, and 70% percent of veteran suicide deaths are from a gun. As a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, I work very hard to better the lives of our nation’s veterans, and suicide prevention is one of our highest priorities.

“That is why I have introduced the Gun Suicide Prevention Act, which aims to combat the alarming suicide rate in our country,” continued Brownley. “By labeling every firearm with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, we can help provide a human connection in that critical moment, which we know is a critical tool to preventing suicide.”

The Gun Suicide Prevention Act will require a new label on firearms that reads: “IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE, PLEASE CALL THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE AT” followed by the toll-free number, currently 800-273-8255 (TALK).

This legislation doesn’t really accomplish much and has almost no burden for American gun owners or the arms industry. Perhaps you could argue that this could be used in some twisted way to punish companies that do not put a label with this information on their products and/or packaging, you could also argue that this would stigmatize gun ownership, but that’s a pretty weak argument to make.

It is rare to see a piece of gun legislation from Democrats that doesn’t violate the 2nd Amendment, good on Congresswoman Brownley.

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Ben Matthews
Ben Matthews
8 months ago

The usual clueless dumbo-crats doing pointless ‘virtue-signalling’…stating the obvious❓

8 months ago

WAFJ all the deaths could have been avoided by programs already in place, but the government doesn’t know how to run them! Incapable! Secondly, it’s the same people always doing the killing . I will never give up my guns as long as there are Communist Democrats running things!

8 months ago

Does the congresswoman’s bill include the same notification when buying plastic bags, rope, poisons and knives? Because firearms only cover about 1/2 the suicides. These others comprise most of the other half. If her bill says nothing about these other methods for suicide, why not?

Andy Douglas
8 months ago

They going to introduce a bill that does the same for rope, razor blades, drugs etc? High places or deep water?

Good Luck luck
8 months ago

All the Democrats should be on the Suicide hot line . If they are not thinking about it , they should,

Gary L Hull
8 months ago

Another lame attempt to blame guns. Guns are only tools. People are the issue.

Ray Wrice
8 months ago

Wait a minute! Read between the lines! “By labeling every firearm with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline” sounds an awful lot like a National registry to me. It’s just a wolf in sheep’s clothing. If this isn’t another way to come up with a national registry, I don’t know what is.

PA John
PA John
8 months ago

There should be a “There is no such thing as inanimate object violence” comment posted under every single article that uses the propaganda term “gun violence” anywhere online. People who honestly believe that inanimate objects are capable of acting – or ARE acting – of their own volition should seek mental health counseling forthwith and right away, if not sooner. Perhaps include a mental health 1-800 hotline number, just in case, say, some poor tormented democrat voter out there believes that their toaster is colliding with their various other kitchen appliances to raise an insurrection against them or something.

I hate when that happens. 🙂

8 months ago

All Dems should be required by law to disclose the chances of graft, tax evasion, pediphilia , pay to play, lying under oath, collusion to overthrow the govt of the US & working to shred the Constitution are 90+%. They should all be allowed walk on roles opposite Alec Baldwin in a gunfight scenes.

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