||Gun Violence: An Urgent Public Health Issue
May 25, 2013
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Guns, Public Health, and the Consumer Products Safety Commission
by NPA President Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH
The Consumer Products Safety Commission regulates flammability standards for mattresses, estimating that by doing so it saves 270 lives each year. The CPSC also regulates hair dryers after observing 43 reported injuries over a 20 year period, requiring safety devices on hand held hair dryers to prevent accidental electrocution if a hairdryer is dropped into water. Children’s toys, household products, all sorts of items we use daily are regulated to ensure that they will not cause us harm. Yet one very common product, responsible for 30,000 deaths every year, goes unregulated: guns. Why? Read More...
NPA Gun Violence Prevention Resources
- UPCOMING Webinar: Guns 101
Message Training w/ Former ATF Agent 9pm(E) May 30 - Register Here
- Policy Discussion with Gun Violence
Expert Dr. Garen Wintemute
Link to recording
- Advocacy Training for Physicians
Link to 30-min podcast
NPA Members Speak Out for Commonsense Solutions to Gun Violence
- "What do the tragedy of Sandy Hook and the destruction of Hurricane Sandy have in common?" by Anita Vashi, MD and Nurit Harari, MD
- "Stemming Gun Violence:
A Window of Opportunity"
by Ricky Choi, MD, MPH
- "Enlist Doctors in Gun Violence Cure"
by Julie Rosenbaum, MD
- "Reducing Firepower"
by Robert Luedecke
San Antonio News Express
NPA Policy Statements
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From Our Gun Violence Prevention Allies
"What the NRA Doesn't Want You to Know"
Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund President
Why is the National Rifle Association so afraid of the truth? There are many misconceptions about guns and gun violence swirling around in Americans’ minds—and in many cases, this misinformation is no accident. For years the NRA has blocked the truth and actively fought against and prevented research in the causes and costs of gun violence because they don’t want Americans to know the truth about guns, how to prevent gun violence, and how to make themselves and their children safer. Why else would they have Congress pull gun injury prevention research funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health? Why have we put up so long with efforts to block all research on a huge public health threat that injures and kills tens of thousands of Americans every year? Read More...
|QUICK STATS: U.S. Gun Violence Facts from NPA Allies
From the Academic Literature
- Public Health Approach to the Prevention of Gun Violence
David Hemenway, PhD, and Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, ScD.
April 12, 2013. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsb1302631
- Silencing the Science on Gun Research
Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH; Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH
JAMA. 2012; :1-2. DOI:10.1001/jama.2012.208207
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|NPA 2013 Annual Conference
Oct 19-20 • Washington DC
From Capitol Hill
Senate Bill – S. 649: Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013 - Link to read the full bill, click here to view a section-by-section breakdown.
NEW House Bill - H.R. 1565: Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013 - A House companion to the Manchin-Toomey Senate bill has been introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-1) and Rep. Peter King (NY-3). Link to read bill & related details, see co-sponsors.
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