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NC governor announces gun safety measures, calls for action on 'red flag' bill

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

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-- SBI to step up the North Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center's effort to raise community awareness around "domestic terrorism indicators."

-- Department of Health and Human Services to educate people about safely storing guns.

-- DHHS and the Division of Emergency Management will create guides for local governments to use after mass shootings to help them get information out and "reunite loved ones."

-- DHHS to update the state's Suicide Prevention Plan.

Cooper also said that Medicaid expansion would increase access to mental health care that some elected officials have called for in the wake of mass shootings.

"I agree we need more mental health care, but let's be careful not to stigmatize mental illness," Cooper said.

 

"We need to keep guns from those who would use them to harm themselves and others, and we need health care to be accessible," he said.

Cohen said in a speech at the School Safety Summit on Monday that she and fellow physicians have made it clear they must address gun violence as any other crisis, with research and action.

"I know this issue is personal to all of us, and as I think about my 5-year-old, who is starting kindergarten in just two weeks, it is very personal to me," Cohen said.

She also emphasized that mental illness should not be equated with violence. People with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators, Cohen said.

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