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We are doing a series called Ameri-CAN. Talking about the CAN-DO spirit that is part of our American DNA. So much about our lives has been turned upside down by this Corona Virus / Covid-19, and we have been hearing a lot about what we CAN’T do and where we CAN’T go, but our guests during this series are going to talk to us about their area of expertise and all of the ways we still CAN learn and grow, train, connect, and expand our freedoms in ways we maybe haven’t thought about before.
Our guest today is Sarah Joy Albrecht. Sarah is the Founder and President of Hold My Guns, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to connect responsible firearm owners with voluntary, private, offsite storage and education, through a national network of partnering gun shops and FFLs, during times of mental health crisis or personal need.
Hold My Guns takes a non-legislative, pro-rights approach to help prevent suicide, accidental shootings, and theft.
1) People get really nervous when we talk about mental health and gun ownership. This is because we know that government legislation of any kind in this area is going to end up trampling people’s rights. You have created an organization that offers real solutions to these issues but with the emphasize on self-governance and on the preservation of people’s rights, with no dichotomy between freedom and compassion. Talk to use about what Hold My Guns is and where the idea came from?
2) How does the program work?
3) You are planning to provide educational opportunities through partnering with FFLs to address some of the underlying issues contributing to suicide. I am sure there are many gun store owners listening all over the nation. How can they get involved in this program?
4) You have spent your life caring for others, and your previous career was as a childbirth educator. How did that career impact your journey to found Hold my Guns?
5) You have been developing the Hold My Guns Organization for a couple of years. How interesting and perfect is the timing of finally launching in the time of COVID-19?