FOR Instant RELEASE
October 9, 2019
MEDIA Speak to:
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Coalition to Cease Gun Violence Director of State Affairs Jen Pauliukonis issued the following statement:
“Two months following the deadly shooting in Dayton exactly where nine individuals have been killed and 27 other people have been injured, Governor Mike DeWine revealed his program to combat Ohio’s gun violence issue.
“In the days following the shooting, individuals across the Buckeye state named for their state officials to ‘do something’ to address the scourge of gun violence.
“Despite the proof behind this epidemic and the public outcry for action, Governor DeWine has accomplished just about absolutely nothing.
“He abandoned the verified life-saving tool recognized as an Intense Threat Protection Order (ERPO) for an expansion of the state’s ‘pink slip’ law, an emergency evaluation law that involuntarily hospitalizes people displaying indicators of mental illness for 72 hours prior to getting taken prior to a judge to decide if they ought to be committed.
“This policy is ineffective at finest, and stigmatizing to these living with mental illness at worst. We know that these living with mental illness are not at a larger danger of violence. This new policy does small to combat day-to-day gun violence in Ohio and perpetuates the unsafe and incorrect myth that mental illness equals violence.
“ERPO laws are the law of the land in 17 states and the District of Columbia. They have been embraced by Democratic and Republican governors as a information-driven, life-saving tool. It is shameful that Governor DeWine chose to disregard this proof-primarily based policy and concentrate as an alternative on mental illness.
“Governor DeWine is providing Ohioans an expansion of a poorly believed out ‘pink slip laws, which are not an proof-primarily based answer to gun violence. Ohioans require policies that are verified to save lives: intense danger laws, universal background checks, and neighborhood-primarily based intervention applications. Till then, Ohio will continue to endure.”