Public Health and Safety
PUBLIC HEALTH and SAFETY COMMITTEE
PURPOSE AND GOALS
“Every year, nearly 1,200 Michiganders are shot and killed with a firearm –
nearly 500 by gun homicide and nearly 700 by gun suicide.”
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The League of Women Voters Lansing Area - Public Health and Safety Committee is planning to again meet monthly when the COVID crisis is under control. Until then, we meet by Zoom. We invite you to join us. To contact either of the committee's co-chairs click on either of the Chairs below:
PUBLIC HEALTH and SAFETY COMMITTEE -- PURPOSE AND GOALS
1. Monitor actions within the Michigan Legislature and the U.S. Congress and evaluate against the standard of League of Women Voters-US gun control policies.
2. Communicate with League of Women Voters-Michigan Advocacy Chair and League of Women Voters-Lansing President(s) on gun control legislation introduced in the MI Legislature and US Congress with for or against stand.
3. Recommend ‘Alerts to Action’ for League of Women Voters-Lansing membership.
4. Educate League of Women Voters-Lansing members and the public on Gun Sense Legislation and Gun Violence Prevention Actions. Write and distribute educational briefs concerning current Gun Violence Prevention legislation and actions. Provide recommendations for speakers for designated League of Women Voters-Lansing events.
5. Collaborate and coordinate with local Lansing groups that also promote and support Gun Sense Legislation. Educate League of Women Voters-Lansing members on activities and actions of local Lansing groups that promote and support Gun Sense Legislation.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS-US -- POSITIONS ON GUN CONTROL
The LWVUS believes that the proliferation of handguns and semi-automatic weapons in the U.S. is a major health and safety issue to its citizens.
The LWVUS supports strong federal measures to limit the accessibility and regulate the ownership of these weapons by private citizens.
The LWVUS supports regulating firearms for consumer safety.
The LWVUS supports licensing procedures for gun ownership by private citizens to include a waiting period for background checks, personal identity verification, gun safety education and annual license renewal. The license fee should be adequate to bear the cost of education and verification.
The LWVUS supports a ban on “Saturday night specials,” enforcement of strict penalties for the improper possession of and crimes committed with handguns and assault weapons, and allocation of resources to better regulate and monitor gun dealers.
DID YOU KNOW…
Essays on topics relating to Firearms issues published in the Capitol Voter 2020
Domestic Violence and Firearms. Feb 2020
COVID 19 and Guns. May 2020
Guns at the Capitol. June 2020
Ghost Guns. August 2020
Second Amendment Counties in Michigan. September 2020
Impact of the Michigan Militia. October 2020
LWV-LA PUBLIC HEALTH and SAFETY COMMITTEE BRIEFS
LWV-MI ACTION AND ADVOCACY
COMMUNITY FORUMS - TBD
LUNCH WITH THE LEAGUE - TBD