A Trauma-Centered Approach to Gun Violence
Trauma is both a cause and an effect of gun violence. Legislation I’m authoring would invest $100,000 to establish a pilot program to reduce gun violence through community-based organizations that can provide high-quality, targeted services to people in need.
Research indicates that both early and direct exposure to violence is the best predictor of whether an individual would later engage in gun-related crimes, and that harsh penalties do not necessarily provide an effective deterrent. We need to follow the examples set by Project LIFE and the Minneapolis Group Violence Intervention initiative, which connect at-risk individuals to mental health services, job readiness programs, and employment opportunities.
Other bills from this week
HF 825 - This bill invests $1.1 million in College Possible to support their programs for helping low-income Minnesota students get into college and graduate. I look at this program, and the students it helps, and I can’t help but think of me and my siblings. College Possible helped my family break down several barriers to pursuing higher education, namely working through the college application process and finding resources to help with cost. College Possible achieves outstanding results as a leader in the field of college access and success and their outcomes held steady, and even increased during the last year, which we all know was a tough one for students.
HF938 - This is a bill to address childhood blood lead poisoning in Minnesota. In my bill, the Commissioner of Health is directed to establish goals to reduce blood lead levels in children. I am bringing this bill forward because the burden of lead is disproportionately impacting Black, Indigenous, and children of color and children living in poverty. We desperately need to lower the threshold for intervention in order to protect the health of these children.
HF313 - This legislation aims to establish a greater awareness of Alzheimer’s and its impact on Minnesotans. Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that robs us of a precious commodity - time with our loved ones, and the data shows that our Black, Indigenous, and communities of color are being disproportionately impacted by its effects. Promoting early detection allows more families of all backgrounds the time they need to plan with their loved ones and take advantage of the growing number of resources for those impacted by this disease.
If you or anyone you know is dealing with a loved one struggling with Alzheimer’s, the Minnesota Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is an incredible resource.
If You have any questions about these bills or other legislation I’m working on, please feel free to reach out. I appreciate hearing from you.