FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2019
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DeWine’s Misguided Approach to Gun Violence
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Director of State Affairs Jen Pauliukonis issued the following statement:
“Two months following the deadly shooting in Dayton where nine people were killed and 27 others were injured, Governor Mike DeWine revealed his plan to combat Ohio’s gun violence problem.
“In the days following the shooting, people across the Buckeye state called for their state officials to ‘do something’ to address the scourge of gun violence.
“Despite the evidence behind this epidemic and the public outcry for action, Governor DeWine has done almost nothing.
“He abandoned the proven life-saving tool known as an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) for an expansion of the state’s ‘pink slip’ law, an emergency evaluation law that involuntarily hospitalizes individuals showing signs of mental illness for 72 hours before being taken before a judge to determine if they should be committed.
“This policy is ineffective at best, and stigmatizing to those living with mental illness at worst. We know that those living with mental illness are not at a higher risk of violence. This new policy does little to combat day-to-day gun violence in Ohio and perpetuates the dangerous and incorrect myth that mental illness equals violence.
“ERPO laws are the law of the land in 17 states and the District of Columbia. They have been embraced by Democratic and Republican governors as a data-driven, life-saving tool. It is shameful that Governor DeWine chose to disregard this evidence-based policy and focus instead on mental illness.
“Governor DeWine is offering Ohioans an expansion of a poorly thought out ‘pink slip laws, which are not an evidence-based solution to gun violence. Ohioans need policies that are proven to save lives: extreme risk laws, universal background checks, and community-based intervention programs. Until then, Ohio will continue to suffer.”