Conversations in Communities: Extreme Risk Laws & Safe Gun Storage with Doctors for America
Watch our archived virtual event: Extreme Risk Laws & Safe Gun Storage. Moderated by Brady President Kris Brown, we were joined by Dr. Angela Janis of Doctors for America, Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04), and Mel Wilson of the National Association of Social Workers.
Resources From Our Virtual Event
- Extreme Risk Laws: Extreme risk laws help prevent a person in crisis from harming themselves or others by temporarily removing guns and prohibiting the purchase of firearms. Extreme risk laws sometimes go by various names, like Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs) or extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs), but they all have the same goal: empowering members of the community to prevent gun violence without threatening an individual’s Second Amendment rights. Currently, only 17 states and Washington, D.C., have some form of an extreme risk law. Tell Congress to pass extreme risk laws in all 50 states!
- Safe Gun Storage: Every day, 8 children and teens are unintentionally injured or killed due to an unlocked or unsupervised gun in the home. Unintentional shootings, suicide, and intentional shootings are all forms of family fire, which refers to a shooting caused by someone having access to a gun from the home when they shouldn’t have it. This includes children as well as those who display behavior that indicates they could harm themselves or others. But it doesn't have to be this way. Learn more about our award-winning End Family Fire program and how to safely store your firearms.
Brady President Kris Brown
As President of Brady, Kris Brown combines a lifelong background in policy, law, and grassroots activism with considerable strategic management expertise to help forge the direction of the organization’s programs and ensure the successful impact of its national and field assets. A veteran of gun violence prevention work, Ms. Brown started her career on Capitol Hill working for Rep. Jim Moran, advocating for the bill that would eventually become the groundbreaking Brady Bill requiring background checks on federally licensed gun sales. Ms. Brown has also served as the Chief Legal Officer to a publicly-traded company based in Switzerland and as a lawyer practicing at the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges. She lives in Arlington, VA, with her two teenage daughters.
Dr. Angela Janis, Doctors for America
Dr. Angela Janis is a psychiatrist with the state of Wisconsin and president-elect of the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, attended medical school at the University of Illinois, and completed her residency at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Janis joined Doctors for America in 2019. Additionally, she is actively involved in the Wisconsin Medical Society, the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health, and Physicians for Reproductive Health. Learn more about Doctors for America here.
Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04)
Mel Wilson, National Association of Social Workers
Mel Wilson of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has worked for NASW since 2006, and for the past five years, he has served as a senior manager in the department of social justice and human rights. In that role, he is in charge of developing and implementing activities related to criminal justice, juvenile justice, immigration reform, economic justice, and voting rights. He has extensive experience working with national coalitions that deal with criminal justice policies, legislation, and practices that intersect with conditions of incarceration. Learn more about the NASW here.