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Gun Violence Prevention
Action Team Update

June 29, 2013

Doctors, Guns, & Medical Gag Laws:  Protecting Clinical Free Speech

by NPA President Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH

On a recent NPA webinar entitled “Doctors, Guns, & Medical Gag Laws,” attorney Laura Cutilletta of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence walked participants through the recent history of state-based legislative efforts to restrict clinical free speech regarding gun safety. 

Since 2011, many states have passed or attempted to pass legislation that would make it illegal for physicians to ask patients about gun ownership or gun storage.   Read More...

View the webinar slides

Premier Communications Training for Physicians!
Oct 2013 • Washington, DC  

NPA is pleased to announce 2 special training sessions at our 8th Annual Conference with one of DC's premier media training teams: KNP Communications 

The Art of Persuasion

This core training has been provided to hundreds of Senators, Congressional Representatives, CEOs, and leaders of nonprofit and government organizations. 
This session covers:   

  • strategies for connecting with various audiences
  • an interactive overview of nonverbal cues
  • the uses of story
  • techniques for compelling Q+A sessions

Effective Messaging for
Preventing Gun Violence

Expert messaging guidance on gun violence prevention that has helped to frame the public debate on this issue since the Newtown tragedy.  Key themes include:

  • the personal toll of gun violence
  • the right to be free from violence
  • the changing nature of military-style weapons
  • effective responses to common attacks on issues such as the 2nd Amendment

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Patient-Centered Reform

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From Our Allies: Creating Community Solutions

As part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health, Creating Community Solutions is busy encouraging community groups in towns and cities across the country to sponsor conversations on mental health over the next 7 months.  Goals? - to break down misperceptions and promote recovery and healthy communities, find innovative community-based solutions to mental health needs, with a focus on helping young people, and develop clear steps for communities to move forward, complementing existing local activities. 

The CCS has webinars (upcoming and recorded) and a toolkit covering A to Z on organizing and holding conversations.  Over 50 community efforts are already underway (see the map on the site.)  Conversations can be for 10 or 400 - this is all about doing what fits for local organizers.  CCS is also set up to help people and groups in the same location find each other and partner up. 

Want to know more?  Here's a link to the FAQs

QUICK STATS:  U.S. Gun Violence Facts

From the Academic Literature

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


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