Realize fewer lives lost to gun violence by advocating and executing responsible gun ownership.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
PARTNERSHIP: Bipartisan action is the only path to real change.
INCREMENTAL WINS: With stalemates all too common, we will not let perfect prevent good.
EQUALITY: All lives lost to gun violence are valuable.
COMPASSION: We will shine a light on the deficiencies of our mental health infrastructure and meet mental illness with kindness.
INFORMATION: Data sourced from thorough and unbiased research will guide our decisions.
What comes next? I am a product manager. I have an MBA. I do not have any experience in politics. I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican. I am a mother. I am a wife. I am an employee. I am a U.S. citizen. I will work with anyone to further my mission and I think at this point most of you would too.
Just like in product management, I am going to surround myself with experts who can assist me in my effort - the sum will truly be greater than its parts. We'll be tackling the issue from multiple angles because there is no single reason why these senseless shootings keep happening.
OUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
There is no single reason why these senseless shootings keep happening. We have developed a 2019/2020 solutions roadmap that will tackle gun violence from multiple angles.
IMPLEMENT ON PROVEN SUICIDE PREVENTION SOLUTIONS
More than 47,000 people lost their lives to suicide in 2017, and almost 50% of the victims had a known mental health condition. Of those 47,000 deaths, 51% are attributed to firearms.*
What can we do to address this problem? The Harvard School of Public Health has focused on “means reduction” in an attempt to prevent suicide deaths. A number of their studies have indicated that when lethal means are made less available or less deadly, suicide rates by that method decline, and frequently suicide rates overall decline.*
WE CAN DO BETTER. Whitney/Strong will support and implement two proven programs aimed at reducing access to lethal means, specifically firearms, in an effort to decrease the rates of suicide death by firearm. Initial rollout will occur in Kentucky, as neither program has a presence in this state. Whitney/Strong will also look to increase program participation in Illinois, Missouri and Ohio where partnerships already exist. The two programs are:
COUNSELING ACCESS TO LETHAL MEANS (CALM) is a course focused on how to reduce access to the methods people use to kill themselves, with a heavy concentraton on firearms. This course is intended for mental health professionals. We will work with the founder of CALM, Elaine Frank, to increase program participation by recruiting new hospitals and universities.
THE GUN SHOP PROJECT (GSP) was founded in New Hampshire in 2006. GSP distributes suicide prevention educational materials to gun shops, along with providing guidelines to avoid selling firearms to suicidal customers. The intent is that a suicidal customer will see the suicide hotline or educational materials when attempting to purchase a gun, giving them pause and perhaps preventing that suicide.
*According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
**According to the Center for Disease Control
***Pew Research Center 2018 study
Please join with Whitney/Strong to fight gun violence by making a donation.
Please join with Whitney/Strong today by making a donation. Together we’ll be working with politicians to drive conversations related to gun violence as well as gathering data and leveraging findings to drive education, advocacy and the solutions that will lead to decreased gun deaths. We can prevent these situations from happening and I’m excited to take advantage of my second chance in life to make a meaningful difference. I can’t do it alone… but we can do it together.