Bergman opposes Safer Communities Act, disregards law enforcement, and rejects bipartisan compromise

Jack Bergman voted against a bipartisan mental health and school safety bill. His inexplicable 'No' vote completely defies common sense.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act passed the Senate and the House without the support of Northern Michigan / UP's Congressman. What did Jack Bergman vote against? Us. Our children and our families. Our well-being. Our safety.


This bill was negotiated in good faith by Republican and Democrat legislators and gun owners across the board. It is supported by the:

  • National Sheriffs' Association

  • National District Attorneys Association

  • Major Cities Chiefs Association

  • Fraternal Order of Police

  • International Assoc. of Police Chiefs

  • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

  • American Hospital Association

  • Children's Hospital Association

  • Academy of Family Physicians

  • Academy of Pediatrics

Our current Representative, my opponent, Jack Bergman, voted no, baffling the constituency.


The bill would:

  • Expand access to community and school-based behavioral health services

  • Invest in community violence intervention and prevention initiatives

  • Expand access to mental health services and address violence-related trauma

  • Increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged children and youth

  • Implement extreme risk protection order programs, drug courts, and crisis intervention

  • Train school personnel to detect and respond to mental health issues

  • Increase the number of mental health service providers in schools

  • Train pediatric/primary care providers to provide mental health care and connect patients to mental health experts

  • Improve treatment programs for children and adults who have experienced trauma

  • Implement the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

  • Support before, after, and summer school programs, which reduce the risk of violent incidents

  • Prohibit someone convicted of domestic violence as part of a dating relationship from buying or owning a firearm for at least five years

  • Impose an enhanced background check review process, including a review of juvenile mental health records

  • Amend current law to clarify who needs a Federal license to buy and sell firearms

At its core, this is a mental health and school safety bill. According to associations that represent every police and sheriff department in the district, it's money well spent. Leaders of both parties agreed to the bill because it will prove to be a priceless investment for all communities suffering the consequences of mental illness.


The bill does not infringe on the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans, and it protects human life at the same time. Its passage is a win for responsible gun owners, students, the community, law enforcement, and primary care providers.


My opponent's inexplicable 'No' vote disregards bipartisan compromise and defies common sense.