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.