Firearm Safety

Firearm Safety: How to Approach a Loaded Conversation with Veterans and Other Firearm Owners. With funding provided by the Kaiser Permanente Veterans Association, Brian Vargas and I have just filmed training to help civilian providers strategically approach firearm safety conversations with their veteran patients. We acknowledge the risk that firearms may pose for those in the grips of the suicidal mode, while also taking a critical look at the way in which these conversations are currently raised in the clinical spaces where veterans are served. Drawing from over a decade of frontline work as a trusted advisor and psychologist within the Veteran community and Brian’s lived experience as a combat Marine, we share a variety of insights and approaches on how to have this conversation in ways that are both effective, and respectful, to Veterans.