I link Newtown to the challenge of suicide we face in Alaska, where communities and caregivers are coming together to fight an epidemic of the worst young suicide rates in the nation. It is an epidemic that has taken thousands of lives and too often, other innocents with them.
Let us strive together to find help for those people who are detached from our community. Mental health professionals tell us that many people contemplate suicide, that it is often rooted in trauma and depression.
We need a national, community-based approach to push for widespread mental health first aid training, so people can recognize and respond to trauma and depression before it turns to despair, self-destruction, murder and suicide.
A: Yes; I support restrictions on firearms based on minimum age and violent criminal background.
Q: Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Q: Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Q: Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
In the case of McDonald v. Chicago, the high court ruled for the first time that the right to bear arms applies to all Americans. The ruling expands upon last year's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.
The State of Alaska was among the states that asked for Supreme Court review of McDonald and that signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief in support of handgun owners in Chicago and the suburb of Oak Park. Alaska was likewise involved in Heller.
"It is through the right to bear arms that our other rights are secured," said Governor Parnell.
"Today's landmark ruling prohibits state and local governments from denying Americans their right to bear arms, which is an issue close to the heart of Alaskans," said Attorney General Dan Sullivan.
“This decision is a victory for all Alaskans and individual Americans. The right to own guns and use them responsibly is something I and many other Alaskans cherish,“ Governor Palin said. ”I applaud the Court for standing up for the Constitution and the right of Americans to keep and bear arms.“
The state of Alaska in February joined a multi-state amicus brief written by the state of Texas in support of the Second Amendment right of individual Americans to bear arms.
Governor Palin, a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, has long been a champion of the constitutional right to bear arms, as well as a proponent of gun safety programs for Alaska’s youth.
“I am proud to join the State of Texas in support of the Second Amendment,” Governor Palin said. “We need to send a strong message that law-abiding citizens have a right to own firearms, for personal protection, for hunting and for any other lawful purpose.”
|2012 Presidential contenders on Gun Control:|
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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