Cornyn: Top rated by the NRA ????
1 year ago
US politics

With Cornyn in the Room, Senate Gun Talks Focus on Narrow Changes

WASHINGTON - Facing a national crisis with a devastating human toll and entrenched partisan divisions, a small group of Senate Republicans and Democrats pushed forward on high-stakes bipartisan talks that seemed unusually promising - right until the moment they collapsed.
"It has to be incremental," Mr. Cornyn said in an interview, quickly dismissing Mr. Biden's push for steps that could not pass the Senate, such as renewing a federal ban on assault weapons, limiting high-capacity magazines or raising the age to purchase a semiautomatic rifle to 21 from 18.
With a top rating from the National Rifle Association, he is viewed with suspicion by liberal activists who have long pressed for gun control legislation and see a cautionary tale in the senator's involvement in past immigration negotiations.
Proof is in the numbers! But why would that matter to the money and power-hungry lawmakers...
1 year ago
Left-wing politics

California Has America's Toughest Gun Laws, and They Work

California's rate of firearm mortality is among the nation's lowest, with 8.5 gun deaths per 100,000 people in 2020, compared with 13.7 per 100,000 nationally and 14.2 per 100,000 in Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported.
But if we rank the states, California's rate of firearm violence ranks 29th out of 50 states for homicides and 44th for suicides.
If you're convicted of a violent misdemeanor in California, you can't have a gun for the next 10 years; that offense has to be a felony in most states.
We require background checks, and not just from licensed retailers; in most states, purchases from private parties require no background checks or record keeping of any kind.
The lower the prevalence of ownership, the lower the rate of firearm violence that's been one of the most robust research findings for decades.
In the United States overall, something like 25 percent to 30 percent of individuals own guns.
In California, it's about 15 percent to 18 percent.
Scientific American
2 years ago

Mental Health Care Should Be Available for All, Not a Luxury

Rates of mental illness were already high in the U.S., but the pandemic intensified everything: Illness, loneliness, job loss, grief, and other stressors related to COVID induced a nationwide rise in anxiety and depression.As difficult as the pandemic has been, however, it hit some groups far harder than others.It exacerbated social and economic inequities already known to drive and sustain poor mental health among marginalized communities.Those in rural America, already less likely to receive mental health care than those in urban areas, were particularly hard hit.So were people of color, who are more likely to be hospitalized and die from COVID and are less likely to receive mental health care compared with white people.And for those who were unhoused or formerly incarcerated, the consequences have been profound.
Now experts in the mental health field are acknowledging that they must confront ugly truths in the American health-care system, including structural racism and classism.
The pandemic was an urgent wake-up call for providers, community stakeholders and politicians, prompting them to reimagine mental health care and delivery.
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