SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) – Nearly four months after the mass shooting at an VTA rail yard in San Jose that claimed the lives of nine employees – advocates and city leaders are proposing a multi-faceted approach to reduce gun violence throughout the city.
San Jose council member Raul Peralez held a press conference outside City Hall with supporters on Tuesday to discuss his memo to reduce gun violence through preventive mental health and sociological measures.
“While it is our duty as civic leaders to take action to reduce or even eliminate gun-related deaths and injuries, when we address gun violence in our community, suicide prevention, intimate partner violence, substance abuse and mental health support should all be part of the conversation, ”said Peralez.
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Recently, the city decided to step up its gun violence prevention measures, including requiring guns to be stored in letterboxes when not in use to force gun owners to subscribe. liability insurance.
Advocates say that despite these advances, they continue to push for more preventive measures against gun violence to ensure that an individual does not end up causing harm to others or to themselves with firearm.
“We don’t have to accept this level of violence as the new normal. We need to push for improved violence prevention infrastructure, community safety plans and crisis support for the families of the victims, ”said Gloria Rudometkin, wife of Michael Rudometkin who was killed in the shooting. VTA.
“Councilor Peralez’s three-pronged approach to the well-being and safety of our community in the hope of reducing violence is a step in the right direction for future change. “
The memorandum proposes a three-pronged approach:
- Self-examine the city’s workplace safety and culture by implementing any necessary changes, including increasing knowledge of and access to wellness programs and mental health services.
- Actively participate in conversations about developing a county-wide trauma recovery center in case another traumatic community event occurs.
- Evaluate the City’s gun regulatory policies and programs and start a conversation about how considering various social and psychological factors could play a greater role in preventing gun violence.
Among the supporters was John Courtney, president of Local 265 of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), who was with Rudometkin on the day of the VTA shooting.
“To echo what Raul said about gun violence and gun ownership, it’s not about that, whatever side of this argument you stand on, I think we can all agree that the mental health aspect needs to be addressed, ”Courtney said.
“When I looked into the killer’s eyes, I didn’t see the Second Amendment, I didn’t see any argument other than mental health issue and harm.”
The proposal will be heard at the Joint Rules and Open Government Committee meeting on Wednesday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom.