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Invest in Data to Inform Effective Suicide Prevention Strategies

  • For many people who experience acute suicidality, the period during which they may actually attempt suicide is often brief, and whether or not they have access to the lethal means of a firearm can be the determining factor between life or death.
  • For every gun homicide death in Minnesota, there are two gun suicide deaths, but there’s been little investment into understanding why these deaths happen and how they can be prevented.
  • Investing in linking data across state governmental agencies would help us better understand the best opportunities for preventative strategies. Utah has begun to study firearms and suicide and their research has helped pinpoint the best opportunities for prevention.
  • Linking data from Minnesota’s Violent Death Reporting System to criminal background checks, concealed carry permit status, and hospital data would help us better understand the circumstances in which people attempt and die by suicide.

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Duluth Roundtable

Please join Protect Minnesota later this month in Duluth for an important conversation. As we’re gearing up for the 2023 elections and the 2024 legislative session, it’s more important than ever that the gun violence prevention community has the chance to connect with each other, share our priorities, and voice our hopes for the coming months and years.

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2023 Legislative Successes

We are thrilled to announce the passage in Minnesota of Extreme Risk Protection Orders, Universal Background Checks, and a 71 million dollar investment in community violence intervention. These vital gun violence prevention measures all passed in the public safety omnibus bill during the 2023 Minnesota legislative session.

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