Preventing Gun Violence During the COVID-19 Crisis

Because of guidelines from all levels of government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many Americans are spending significant time at home under stressful conditions. The consequences for many include food insecurity, financial difficulties, loneliness and fear.

The sale of guns and ammunition is already accelerating across the country. As members of the Gun Violence Prevention community, we are concerned about the potential for an increase in gun violence, including homicide, suicide, domestic violence, hate crimes and people (especially children) being in a home with improperly secured firearms.

To ensure you have the resources you need to feel safe at home and in the community, we’ve gathered the following information. We hope you find it useful and will share it with anyone in need.

We have gathered information to ensure that people have the resources they need to be safe in the community and in their homes.

GUN SAFETY AT HOME

  • NOW is the time to ensure every gun in your home is locked and unloaded or stored in a gun safe, inaccessible to children and others whose access should be restricted.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a helpful 13-page online guide covering everything from combating feelings of isolation to getting care if you’re uninsured.

SUICIDE/CRISIS HOTLINES

Free, confidential support is offered 24/7.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES

  • Kansas Domestic Violence/Assault hotline: 1888-363-2287
  • Missouri Domestic Violence – Use National Hotline:  1800-799-7233
  • Missouri Sexual Assault- Use National Hotline : 1800-656-4673

NOT SURE WHERE TO TURN

  • 211 or visit 211.org

 

And lastly, everyone should follow the five basic guidelines to help stop the spread of the virus:

  1. HANDS: Wash them often
  1. ELBOW: Cough into it
  1. FACE: Don’t touch it
  1. FEET: Stay more than 6’ apart
  1. FEEL SICK? Stay home

 

For more details, check out this link from the World Health Organization:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public