Thoughts from Dan Maas, new executive director of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence Educational Fund:
As the nation mourns the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones – our prayers are with you.
Out of respect to the memory of those lost, we must act to end the cycle of violence in this country. With populations burdened with social and economic hardship, it is our mission to start from the beginning and work our way up — by reinforcing core values, promoting skill development and creating access to opportunities that empower people to rise above.
We honor those who have lost their lives to gun violence with the actions we take in our own communities and our own neighborhoods, with meaningful engagement and support that will nurture the growth of those neighborhoods into true communities and instill hope where it cannot be found.
This opportunity will not always be here. We act now.
Every eight days, someone in Delaware dies of a self-inflicted gunshot.
A new bill in the Delaware Legislature, HB 222 sponsored by Rep. David Bentz, will give families a chance to save the life of a loved one in crisis — by temporarily taking guns out of the equation.
Contact your representative today – and tell them you support this life-saving law.
HB 222, creating a specific legal process for Lethal Violence Protection Orders (LVPO) – similar in concept to domestic violence orders of protection – that will allow family members or law enforcement to go before a judge when a person shows signs of being a danger to themselves or others. Based on evidence presented to the court, a judge can issue a Lethal Violence Protection Order, temporarily prohibiting the person in crisis from possessing or purchasing firearms.
LVPOs are NOT permanent. Respondents may petition to have them lifted after the crisis has passed, and they automatically expire after a year unless a renewal hearing is requested.
Please act now. This important vote could be taken soon. On behalf of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence, thank you for your continued help and action in supporting laws that will reduce gun violence in our state.