SAF Hails Passage Of Suicide Prevention Bill In Olympia

By Dave Dolbee published on in General, News

“Suicide prevention is not, and should never be, about gun control, but about saving lives and preventing tragedies,” Alan Gottlieb. Gun control advocates have blamed firearms for a number of problems—not to address the issues but to vilify firearms while pushing a political agenda. Here is a case of the organizations championing our Second Amendment rights getting a needed victory for a tragedy that happens far too often.

Second Amendment Foundaton

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation is applauding the Washington State Legislature for passing the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Education for Safer Homes Act, an issue championed by SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb and supported by local and national gun rights groups.

The House passed the bill initially 93-4 last month, and on March 1, the Senate passed a slightly amended version 47-0. The House concurred on a 94-2 vote, and now the bill heads to Gov. Jay Inslee.

“I am personally gratified by the Legislature’s action,” Gottlieb said. “This is the culmination of a year’s worth of quiet meetings and truly heartfelt conversations that involved suicide prevention experts and the Second Amendment community.

“I am particularly proud of the fact that working on this project introduced me to Dr. Jennifer Stuber, an associate professor at the University Of Washington School Of Social Work,” he continued. “Her devotion to suicide prevention stands second to none, and working with her on this effort has been a great experience.

“Suicide prevention is not, and should never be, about gun control, but about saving lives and preventing tragedies,” Gottlieb observed. “Working with State Rep. Tina Orwall and a bipartisan group of lawmakers, along with Brian Judy at the National Rifle Association demonstrates that people with diverse interests can come together and produce something that I think will be good for the citizens of Washington State.”

In Olympia, Gottlieb and Judy both testified in support of the bill during the hearing process. The bill was also supported by Ray Carter for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and Phil Shave, executive director at the Washington Arms Collectors.

“We’re going to have the involvement of firearms retailers and genuine gun safety experts,” he concluded, “and mental health professionals. People working together have a far greater chance of accomplishing something than working against one another.”

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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  • Norm

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    SAF Mission Statement: The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is dedicated to promoting a better understanding about our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms. To that end, we carry on many educational and legal action programs designed to better inform the public about the gun control debate.

    Mr. Gottlieb, you have accepted our donations based on the above premise. Every year you send us members a survey asking on what would we like our dollars spent. Included in those options are lawsuits to repeal unconstitutional gun laws. Not a word about assisting in the crafting of new gun legislation, especially revolving door legislation that subjects us to open-ended second amendment infringements as did the NRA’s Gun Control Act. After negotiating the Gun Control Act, the NRA benefited for decades working to repeal, piece by piece, the mammoth legislation it helped pass. While this Suicide Prevention Bill is not as insidious or pervasive as the Gun Control Act, perhaps you are employing the same extremely lucrative tactic? In abandoning your mission you abandoned your members and have now joined the corrupt ranks of the NRA. You have done great works to defend my freedom. For that I am eternally grateful. But, you no longer speak for me. I pray for you to have the courage to come clean and pass the Second Amendment Foundation’s torch to a new Patriot with fresh legs.

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  • Darrell

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    Unless I am misunderstanding the bill it appears to create a subsidy for suicide prevention paperwork and gunsafes. Not sure we need more laws for that. Would be interested to know of the 544 suicides by gun how many took another life

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  • Hide Behind

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    Ryan I read this Bill three times, once each as it was revised and amendended before passage and have done with a few of Washington peoples who helped write Initiatives that passed and latrr were picked apart on tecnicalities bythose the Initiative tried to reign in..
    This Bill has so many loopholes that membersof Social engineering,government security freaks, police forces and Veterans care groups can exploit in future it is
    A terrible Bill if one cares about more than single isdue of guns.
    Oh it leaves plenty ofmanuvering room for anti or very resyrictive interpretations of gun rights, Rights that we gun owners will be left to foght because the very fn groups who are supposed to help protect us are mow part of the very bureaucracy that even mow progiles so many americans and tertoridt and on mental fringe.

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  • Ryan

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    I don’t believe any of the people commenting here even read the bill before shouting “anti-gun!” all over the place. The bill incorporates means for firearms dealers to provide cheap safe storage devices and information regarding suicide prevention. It doesn’t at all place restrictions on firearms. I am all for helping make the world a better place and suicide is a tragedy too often overlooked. This is a good thing.

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  • Repoman3737

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    I’m going to take a very unpopular position on this,it’s something that always bothered me. Why if someone decides for whatever reason they come up with do others feel it is their right to say they know better and you can’t end your life? I don’t agree with suicide but I do believe in absolute freedom of choice! If I am not causing bodily harm to another or interfering with someone else’s right to freedom and I choose not to go on why is that not my right to do so? I know relatives are hurt by the loss of a loved one but what about their pain whatever it may be you have no idea till you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. Maybe more people would ask for help if they were not locked up,medicated by force or stuck in some looney bin. Maybe if they were allowed to be responsible for their own actions and allowed to end their life if they choose maybe more would come forward for help if they knew it would be up to them in the end.

    I’m not for suicide I just really believe in the freedom to do as I please to myself as I see fit no matter if it’s being a healthnut or overweight or doing drugs or riskin my life as an adrenaline junkie or even ending my life if I choose. If we only hurt ourselves and live supposedly in a free society why is this wrong? Just a thought…

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  • Bill

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    According to the World Health Organization, the US ranks 50th worldwide in suicides. Japan which has the most stringent gun control on the planet(read: prohibition) ranks 17th. Is there a message here? Why do we even listen to these trottels. FYI, “trottel” is German for blithering idiot.

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    • Troy Gren

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      Thank You BILL for pointing out the USELESS weasels stealing the peoples money. Why don’t they POINT out the more USE FULL FACTS! Such as the USA Gov. (CRIME SYNDICATE) has wasted over 10 trillion fighting the terrorism they supported, armed, trained and protect with our tax dollars. This FILTH they INVADED SYRIA with is the same players involved in 9/11. That in any case ASSAD is not the BRUTAL DICTATOR the,BLOOMBERG BRAINWASH makes him out to be. And the fact the Terrorist factories of Saudi Arabia and the other ISLAMIC MONARCHIES just publically executed 27 protestors. There are NO SANCTIONS NO INCENTIVES for these Terrorist factories to extend HUMAN or WOMEN Rights. The U.N. is a farce on the war on terror. The USA government has promoted supported ARMED TRAINED and FUNDED the TERROR the world is experiencing today. Even bombed prisons in Yemen to release and train the leaders of ISIS. Also Preventing PUTIN from wiping out their TERRORISTS in SYRIA. So make a law that will have zero effect on anything? Like Obama has done nothing to stop criminals from getting guns or taking the ones they have. Just IGNORANT TROTELS thieves taking hard earned MONEY PROFITS and RIGHTS from working US CITIZENS who rights are threatened and taken by these CRIMINAL TRAITORS. Nothing about the PEOPLE SOCIAL SECURITY which is losing as the Gov. admits there has been 1.5% inflation every year Obama has been in office. Which is another fabrication well below the actual costs of living. Yet sabotaging the future for all US CITIZENS, business owners, and every aspect of the future economy. Social Security in the last 8 years has seen less than a 1.5% increase total. Notice how they ignored the real statistics which prove these so called “GUN VIOLENCE STATISTICS” are FABRICATED LIES. And the fact congress even repealed the ANTI-PROPAGANDA ACTS with out any public discussion. Why not tell the truth? There isn’t candidate running for office that wants to restore this nation to be ran as the Constitution and Bill of Rights intended. By the PEOPLE for THE PEOPLE. Not 1 Candidate is asking for the people to vote on more issues. Voting from our HOMES and Phones. They just keep coming up with more facilities that support their thievery. Stealing lying and misappropriating of the people rights profits and conscience.

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    • Troy Gren

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      Its ridiculous to fall prey to this nonsense. Suicide has nothing to do with guns, razor blades bridges or tall buildings. It is about the social engineering of people. Law makers are responsible for these aspects. But a gun safe to prevent suicide? Oh yes your on the right track. Some one experiencing financial difficulties of course would need to run out and buy himself a gunsafe to prevent a suicide. Suicide is about depression and chemical imbalances. It about the lack of care The lack of empathy. About law makers who always come up with another cost another requirement more stress and utter nonsense. Suicide prevention line social acceptance. Some one to talk to and the availability of affordable medications. that is the proper and sensible solutions to suicide. Not blaming a tool or instrument used. Lower all buildings bridges and add nets. Leave the working class broke jobless and social security 8 years behind in cost of living raises. Medication much to expensive to afford while paying $400-$600 a month for health insurance. Pay another $1500 out of pocket before your insurance pay anything at all. Yes add the cost of a gun safe. You’ve made a real difference in the world.

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  • Doug

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    I just read the article and I don’t live in WA but these comments make me wonder if I’m missing something. I see here that if the politicians won’t do something serious about suicide and mental illness then honest supporters of the constitution and 2nd Amendment will take over and get it done. Any politician who stands up and supports more gun control as a means to control gun violence is an effing fake liar. We (second amendment supporters) know that lumping suicides in with gun violence stats is only propaganda to support the liberal agenda. Too many people buy into this farce. Now, here are 2nd Amendment supporters taking the lead and acting on what is really the problem. This is great. It shows up the libs and political elites and proves that their “plans” are not the way to go. As for corruption in WA government, I have no doubt there is, what better way than to have our side step in to avoid going down the path of their ineffective plans and show-boat pandering to the ignorant voters.

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    • Troy Gren

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      More BS from TROTTELS that could careless about the USA or its citizens who fill it more important to fall for the BLOOMBERG BRAINWASHES LIES and FABRICATIONS. Than to tell the TRUTH about the corrupted GOV. The BLOOMBERG BRAINWASH. The TERRORISTS and TERRORIST FACTORIES of Saudi Arabia and the other ISLAMIC MONARCHIES that the Gov calls our ALLies. The Terrorism they created. the 300,000 deaths 15 million displaced. Syria was invaded by these FREEKS of nature. 75% Saudi of course. The same players involved in 9/11. And while arming terrorists want to disarm LAW ABIDING CITIZENS. Doing NOTHING to DISARM CRIMINALS or take the weapons the currently have. Instead with the Trillions of dollars “WON” with the false flag attack on their own country. This UNLIMITED money they acquired has turned Afghanistan into the largest heroin producer in the world. Terrorism has gone global. They have gained their own country. Or caliphate. Oh yes this all just conspiracy theory though. It really didn’t happen. They really didn’t ARM TRAIN and FUND ISIS baby rapers. Their isn’t 300,000 more people dead 15 million displaced. These aren’t in the working books Obama studied and the Comy Tactics to destroy the free world. PUTIN didn’t just prove if anyone would attack ISIS they could be completely dispatched from Syria in less than a month. If the USA CRIME SYNDICATE was willing. But some how SUICIDE prevention is WHAT? and can be done with a gun safe? Give me a BREAK? I wonder if these people realize there may be a US Citizens that actually has an IQ above his shoe size. This BS is a DISGRACE to the Hard Working Law Abiding Citizens of this Country.

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    • Doug

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      Troy, take your medication and go back to your video game. Leave the conversation to the stable people reading.

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