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A Wyoming man’s quest to prevent suicide, one conversation at a time. In 2020, men accounted for about 79% of suicides nationally, and 70% were white men, despite making up only 30% of the country’s population. Specifically, Wyoming has had the highest per capita suicide death rate — the majority involving firearms — in the nation. Faced with these risks, The Washington Post follows the efforts of Bill Hawley, a suicide prevention specialist in rural Johnson County, with his own story of attempted self-harm. Hawley tries to build relationships and help other men, to challenge harmful conceptions of masculinity, and to break down some men’s inability to talk about their emotions. “Talking saves lives,” he says. From The Trail: Our guide to help if you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or overwhelmed. [If you have feedback about our existing work related to suicide or know about a resource we should add to our guide, please email us at: [email protected].]
The numbers on federal convictions for unlawful possession of firearms in Missouri. Between 2015 and 2021, some 3,600 people have been convicted of possession of federal firearms in Missouri, leading the nation for the rate of such prosecutions, according to a Kansas City Star Analysis of federal data. Missouri also has one of the highest rates of gun violence in the nation. Convictions, like the incidence of gun violence statewide, disproportionately impacted black residents, who accounted for 81% of all federal illegal gun possession cases, although only 12% of population, while whites – 79% of the population – did up 18 percent. The data also shows an increase in the share of Missourians convicted of federal crimes committed with a firearm as a percentage of federal convictions in Missouri, rising from less than 20% in 2001 to 43% in 2021. During the same period, the national average rose by 7%. at 14 percent.
Under new DOJ rules, federal law enforcement has a duty to intervene when they witness excessive force. On Monday, Attorney General Merrick Garland circulated the guidelines in a memo to heads of agencies reporting to the DOJ — the FBI, ATF, DEA, US Marshals Service and Bureau of Prisons. The memo also says federal law enforcement officers must be trained and have a duty to act if someone needs medical attention. The rules were the first change to the agency’s federal use-of-force guidelines in nearly two decades. Non-DOJ federal law enforcement, as well as state and local officers, are not covered by the new order, which goes into effect in July.
New York City would spend an additional $9 million to stop violence in schools. An increased focus on community-focused street outreach has been a key element of Mayor Eric Adams’ approach to violence prevention. In the city’s latest budget, the education department would have the extra money to “contract with community organizations that specialize in violence-interrupting techniques (e.g., de-escalation, mediation, conflict resolution) so that students feel safe and supported in their schools.” .”
David Chipman leaves Giffords. The gun reform organization made the announcement late Friday afternoon. Chipman, a longtime ATF special agent turned gun control advocate, was President Joe Biden’s first choice to lead the ATF and worked at Giffords for six years.
0 — the number of times a domestic terrorism task force in New York met after being convened in 2020 in an effort to prevent mass shootings. [The Buffalo News]