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Issue Position: Crime Prevention

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Following the tragic school shootings at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon in 1998, DeFazio began work on legislation to help combat the growing problem of youth violence in America. He met with community leaders, educators, law enforcement officials, and medical professionals as well as Thurston students and their families to identify how best to address the complicated needs of troubled youth. He introduced legislation designed to prevent youths from turning to violence by providing adequate crisis intervention and support services and to limit opportunities for troubled kids to obtain firearms. DeFazio has also sponsored legislation to invest in additional school counselors and to improve access to mental health treatment.


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