With the recent mass shootings at the FedEx headquarters in Indianapolis and the VTA railyard in San Jose, there’s been lots of talk about extreme risk protection orders (or “red flag” laws) – namely, why weren’t they used?
In the third episode of our webinar series, we’ll briefly discuss the history of these laws, how they work (in theory and in practice), and how these tools can help clinicians prevent firearm violence and suicide among their patients.
Mark your calendar for every third Tuesday of the month at noon PDT for more brief talks on firearm injury prevention.
Amy Barnhorst, MD
Dr. Barnhorst is the Vice Chair for Community Mental Health at the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and the Director of the BulletPoints Project, a state-funded effort to develop a firearm violence prevention curriculum for healthcare providers. In her clinical work, she treats patients with serious mental illness in serious mental illness in the Emergency Department, the county jail, a crisis unit and a 50-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital. She’s a nationally recognized expert on firearms law and mental illness, and her academic work focuses on the interface between firearms, violence, suicide and the mental health system. She has testified before the California and Alaska Senates on these issues, and writes about them for the New York Times, Slate, and her blog at Psychology Today.
Amanda Aubel, MPH
Amanda is a Research Data Analyst at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program and the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center. She supports the development and implementation of the California Safety and Wellbeing Survey, an ongoing, state-representative survey on firearm ownership, exposure to violence, and public opinion. She uses mixed methods to evaluate firearm injury prevention programs and policies, such as the BulletPoints Project. Her work emphasizes the social determinants of health and healthy equity.