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Gun Violence Prevention
Action Team Update

June 15, 2013

Leading the Way:  Advocating
for Public Health Solutions to
Gun Violence

by NPA President Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH

Yesterday marked 6 months since the tragic deaths in Newtown, an event that spurred many of us to action against gun violence.  In that time, many of you have spoken out about the need for improved gun safety laws and for research on how to address this massive public health problem.  Yet during that time, more than 5000 people have been killed by guns. Although Congress has not yet succeeded in passing legislation, the voices of physicians together with teachers, law enforcement professionals, parents, and many other groups have changed the nature of the debate and created real momentum for change.  Read More...

NPA Members Speak Out for Commonsense Solutions to Gun Violence

  • "Newtown demands the country
    take action on guns,"
    by NPA Board Member
    Kate Tulenko, MD, MPH, MPhil
    Washington Post

  • "Government must respond to
    epidemic of gun violence"
    by NPA Copello Fellow
    Bethany Picker, MD
    Lewiston Sun Journal

NPA Gun Violence Prevention Resources

  • Upcoming NPA Webinar
    State House Overreach: Protecting Free Speech between Patients & Physicians - June 25 at 9pmEST Register Here
  • QUICK STATS: U.S. Gun Violence
    Facts from NPA Allies
  • Policy Discussion with Gun Violence
    Expert Dr. Garen Wintemute 
    Link to recording
  • Advocacy Training for Physicians
    Link to 30-min podcast

NPA Policy Statements

Take Action with NPA

  • Sign-up for NPA Gun Violence
    Prevention Action Alerts &
    Get Involved!
  • Join NPA's Gun Violence
    Prevention Media Team
  • Tell your Story – share your
    clinical or personal experience
    with gun violence

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From Our Gun Violence Prevention Allies

"How a Felon Buys a Gun... no questions asked"

Bill Rapp, Lanae Erickson Hatalsky and Sarah Trumble at Third Way

Under current law, a felon who wants to purchase a gun can go to two places and be greeted by a welcome mat, not a stop sign. Skirting the background check system in place at a gun store, a felon can simply help themselves to weapons at a gun show or online, with no questions asked.

Our latest infographic illustrates how the Manchin-Toomey background check bill would stop felons in their tracks by applying the same checks they would encounter at a store to sales at gun shows or through online advertisements. Because when it comes to buying a gun, felons should never get a green light.  View Infographic...

STATE GUN LAWS:  How Does Your State Stack-up?

From the Academic Literature

Visit the NPA Gun Violence Prevention Reading Room

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.

Find Your U.S. Senators - www.senate.gov
Find Your U.S. House Representatives - www.house.gov


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