CDC studies how restrictions shape new federal gun law: For Tillis, what What truly united this disparate group of progressives and conservatives was data—not just gun data. Instead, their discussions focused on former President John F. He said he was heavily influenced by Kennedy.
On October 31, 1963, Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act, which aimed to replace asylums with community-based mental health clinics. Three weeks later, Kennedy was shot and killed, burying the promise of his vision to reform mental health care in the US. In the decades that followed, communities across the country abandoned shelters, but robust funding for local clinics never materialized.
In 2014, Congress passed the Excellence in Mental Health Act, which promised to make JFK’s now half-century dream a reality. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan teamed up to pass those mental health reforms, and they’ve since tracked pilot programs their legislation established in eight states. Over a five-year period, these federally supported certified community behavioral health clinics “had 63.2% fewer emergency department visits for behavioral health problems, a 40.7% reduction in homelessness, and 60.3% less time spent in correctional facilities.” According to Department of Health and Human Services.
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Those results and related statistics have proven a magnet for Washington’s fiscal conservatives and defund-the-police progressives.
“It’s critical because other people want to do something and have ideas, yet nothing is developed or acted upon,” Stabenow said. “People thought it was real. It was tangible.”
To qualify for the federal program, states are required to establish 24-hour mental health crisis centers. It reduces police responsibility, which has been hailed by law enforcement groups across the country who don’t want to be charged with mental health duties. Therefore, these local efforts were nationalized this summer as part of a compromise move.
“There are a few people around the country, but there’s not a national effort to make this happen,” Blunt said. “We have a program that delivers important results that support law enforcement, emergency rooms, and families broadly, through families who don’t have the relief they need for mental health issues faced by peaceful individuals.”
The Blunt-Stabeno mental health program provided Senate negotiators with nearly five years of clear data from states like Oklahoma and New York. This proved necessary for its inclusion.
“We started using as much data as possible to say, ‘This is hypothetical, this is measurable,'” Tillis said. “This is tangible.”
That’s why Cornyn wasn’t wrong when he bristled at the “gun control” label. Nearly two-thirds of the funding put into the new federal “gun” law will go to behavioral health. Lawmakers hope to see a nationwide trickle-up effect based on the results of those local pilot programs, as police (at least on paper) replace much-needed mental health workers.
“We ended up going, ‘What are the root causes?'” Tillis said. “If we’re looking at reducing gun deaths and behavioral health linked to these active shooter environments, it’s using the data to ask, ‘What decisions can we make? What’s the best outcome?'”
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Then there is US-Mexico border. Mexico estimates there are nearly 2 million proudly made guns in America Its streets and those of its own southern neighbor were flooded, incomprehensible—and Countless– Bloodshed. And violence, instead, causes Hundreds of thousands Leaving their homes, they risk their lives to travel north every year.
One of the most dramatic changes put into the new law fundamentally alters the relationship between the United States and Mexico, as well as Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras (also known as the Northern Triangle).