Advocates: Tough laws are only part of the equation in tackling gun violence in Hawaii

Advocates in Hawaii say stopping gun violence isn’t just about passing strict laws.
Published: Jun. 2, 2022 at 3:36 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 2, 2022 at 4:36 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Advocates in Hawaii say stopping gun violence isn’t just about passing strict laws.

They’re calling for greater education, more mental health supports and other efforts to keep people safe.

“In the last couple years, gun sales have risen in Hawaii. We’re seeing a lot of ghost guns being used in crimes, which is really concerning, because we do have strong ghost gun laws,” said Erica Yamauchi, Hawaii co-lead for advocacy group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

She says recent events have led to more interest in the chapter.

Among their goals: Educating residents about the Gun Violence Protective Order law.

Hawaii is one of 19 states with the so-called Extreme Risk law, which allows law enforcement and family members to intervene and temporarily remove guns from a person in crisis.

Cara McNulty, of CVS Health, said vigilance is importance. So is seeking help when you or someone else needs it.

“Mental health isn’t something we wait until we’re in crisis, mental health, and wellbeing happens to everyone doesn’t always mean it’s going to be a mental illness,” said McNulty. “The worst possible outcome is that we create more stigma, so people don’t feel comfortable in reaching out for help. And no one has to do this alone.”

June 2 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day and advocates will be gathering at the state Capitol starting at 11 a.m.

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