Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:
Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:
How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?
How has your service activity influenced your thinking about this proposal?
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Talk directly with at least 3 real live people who have special knowledge about this topic or the impact your proposal would have, and summarize their comments. These may include people appearing in your media artifact (video, podcast, etc.).
The false associations between gun violence and mental illness propagated by the Trump administration are tremendously devastating to the mentally ill community in Michigan. Gun violence is a dangerous issue in the state of Michigan and the entire nation. Following the report of each disturbing incident of gun violence, some lawmakers and interest groups are quick to proliferate the notion that gun violence is linked to mental illness. These associations threaten an already marginalized group by stigmatizing all people living with mental illness as dangerous. The medical community has expressed frustration in response to the erroneous link between gun violence and mental illness. Dr. Louis Kraus, forensic psychiatry chief at Chicago’s Rush University Medical College denounced the legitimacy of this link, writing “the concept that mental illness is a precursor to violent behavior is nonsense,” and “the vast majority of gun violence is not attributable to mental illness.” According to “Gun Violence and Mental Illness”, published by the American Psychiatric Association in 2016, “mass shootings by people with serious mental illness represent 1% of all gun homicides each year”. Clearly, scapegoating the mentally ill community is not only unfair, it is incorrect and is an inefficient way of addressing the issue. In order to limit and prevent the adverse consequences of gun violence and further stigmatization of people living with mental illness, the state of Michigan must take action to effectively implement gun control legislation. Experts have suggested that a more effective approach to gun control might include measures such as banning assault weapons, barring sales to convicted violent criminals and conducting more thorough background checks. Michigan must implement laws and restrictions on gun ownership and accessibility in order to mitigate the negative effects of these complex but preventable tragedies.
Describe three reasonable, feasible potential solutions or approaches that would help address this problem.
SOLUTION 1: Mandatory mental health education: Implement policies to carry out measures to ensure safety and prevent harm on school grounds. Implement mental health education into the curriculum of all K-12 schools in Michigan to increase awareness of the issues faced by the community struggling with mental illness and preparing students to recognize signs of serious mental disturbances in peers (i.e. depression, suicidal ideology, etc). This education should be mandatory, regardless of if a community is affected by school shootings/gun control.
SOLUTION 2: Gun control: statewide banning of assault weapons and bump stock sales, the barring sales to convicted violent criminals and conducting more thorough background checks before authorizing the sale of a gun.
SOLUTION 3: School Shootings: promote awareness and educate the population about the cultural issues surrounding school shootings that are a product of American society today. Continue the conversation and dialogue including everybody's opinions on the frequency and individual instances of school shootings and analyze how they are a product of our culture. Agree that the common denominator is that school shootings should be prevented by any means possible to minimize the loss of innocent lives and bring peace of mind to the students of Michigan. Change our culture and the attitudes of members of our society to end school shootings.
Reaction or advice from a Topic Coordinator:
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Describe your research process — indicate who you talked to (including but not limited to consultants), what you read, what your thinking was, how it changed over time, and how your consultants changed your thinking. This description of your research process definitely could include “dead ends,” or ideas you had that didn’t ultimately bear fruit. In short, we want to know what you did and how it led to your legislation, and we also want you to give us a window into your thought process.
Please delineate--in detail--who made what contributions to the process and to the finished proposal? Who took on which responsibilities in researching ideas, drafting language, etc.?
The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform.Preambulatory clauses
These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.
(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)Operative clauses
These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED....
(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)Counter-arguments:
What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?
3.Costs and funding:
What will your proposal cost (in direct expenses, lost tax revenue, lost economic opportunity, and/or non-monetary costs)? How will you pay for your proposed legislation? Where will/could the funding for your proposal come from? Who might object to dedicating resources to your proposal (competing interests)?
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