Gun violence bill turns to mental health and could be alleviated

The chief Republican negotiator of the gun safety framework bill has warned that some provisions could be “lightened”. Roll Call reports that because the framework focuses on mental health, advocates are excited that it expands access but are wary because mental health is not strongly linked to gun homicides.

The Hill: Cornyn warns gun safety framework may need to be lightened

Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the top Republican negotiator for a bipartisan gun safety framework, said Wednesday some issues still need to be ironed out and warned the package may need to be slimmed down in order to pass a bill. of law. Cornyn said he’s “beginning to worry” about the deadlock on “a few issues that need to be worked out before we can come to an agreement.” (Bolton, 6/15)

Roll Call: Mental Health Becomes Focus of Senate Gun Framework

Mental health advocates are walking a fine line on the framework of the Senate’s bipartisan gun violence package – happy that it contains long-sought provisions to expand access to treatment while pointing out that there are few link between firearm homicides and mental illness. A framework released Sunday calls for expanding access to mental health care across the country, with opponents of gun control framing such provisions as part of the solution to curb mass shootings. (Hellman, 6/15)

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Reuters: VP Harris to launch online harassment task force after shootings

US Vice President Kamala Harris will inaugurate a task force on Thursday to tackle online harassment, fulfilling one of the Biden campaign’s promises following a mass shooting that highlights a link between online abuse. line and violence. The group will be tasked with producing within six months a detailed plan of actions to address the issue, including more support for victims, prevention and greater accountability of abusers and the platforms that host them. (6/16)

The Washington Post: Buffalo Grocery Massacre suspect charged with federal hate crimes

Payton Gendron, an 18-year-old white man, was charged Wednesday with federal hate crimes and a federal firearm offense in the mass shooting at a Buffalo grocery store that left 10 black people dead on month, making him potentially eligible for the death penalty. Authorities announced the 27-count indictment as Attorney General Merrick Garland met in Buffalo with dozens of survivors of the May 14 shooting and family members of those who were killed. He spoke in general terms about the federal government’s efforts to combat the rise of white nationalism. (Nakamura, 06/15)

The Texas Tribune: Uvalde lacked mental health resources before Robb school shooting

BR was 12 when she tried to overdose on Midol in her rural college bathroom in Uvalde last year after school bullying became too much to bear. The girl’s first appointment with a counselor from the government-funded mental health authority finally took place in May, a year and a month after that suicide attempt. Now her family fears that the limitations of the small-town system they rely on make them ill-equipped to meet the needs of children like her – suicidal, isolated and with little between her and another suicide attempt. . (Harper and Beeferman, 6/16)

ABC News: Some Texas school districts to require see-through backpacks in wake of Uvalde shooting

Several school districts in Texas are requiring students to use see-through backpacks following last month’s fatal shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde. The Ingleside Independent School District, near Corpus Christi, became one of the latest to announce the new policy this week, after its board unanimously approved the code policy update. district dress code to require see-through backpacks beginning in the 2022-23 school year. (Deliso, 6/15)

Politico: Matthew McConaughey pushes for arms push

Matthew McConaughey doesn’t leave his emotional calls for tougher gun laws to chance and the lure of his celebrity. He also turns to K Street. Following a series of recent mass shootings, including last month’s massacre in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 schoolchildren and two teachers, the award-winning actor has retained the services of a team of lobbyists within DC Avisa Partners. to represent him in the nation’s capital. The filing, filed Wednesday, is under the name of an Encino, Calif. holding company registered in McConaughey’s name, Barefoot Money Inc. The form also shows that the Washington veterans group at Avisa Partners will pressure on possession issues.” (Oprysko, 6/15)

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The New York Times: Venue cancels concert of John Hinckley Jr., who shot President Reagan

The John Hinckley Jr. concert in Brooklyn, an oddity that was to feature music from a man best known for trying to kill a US president, was canceled on Wednesday by the venue, which cited fears of a backlash in a “dangerously radicalized”. , reactionary climate. … The statement went on to say that although they believe ex-convicts and people with mental illnesses should be able to earn a chance to “fully reintegrate into society”, they made the decision after considering ” very real and escalating threats and hatred”. to our vulnerable communities. (Jacobs and Guarino, 6/15)

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