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Gun Violence & Public Health Action Update

February 13, 2015

Announcing the New NPA Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce & Fellowship

by Ricky Choi, MD, MPH, NPA Board Member and Gun Violence & Public Health Project Chair

Physicians know that gun violence is a public health issue. An informal poll of NPA members revealed that we know, on average, forty people personally affected by gun violence. FORTY lives: patients we encounter during training and in practice, neighbors, friends, and loved ones.

Physicians live at the crossroads of gun violence both in that we both care for victims and play a critical role in preventing gun violence through anticipatory guidance. The NPA has had success working to re-frame gun violence as a public health issue in the public debate, notably through media outreach and the release of a white paper in partnership with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – yes, lawyers and doctors working together.

The NPA has recently expanded the organization’s commitment to this critical issue through the formation of a Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce and Fellowship. Spanning eleven states and the District of Columbia, the seventeen members of the Taskforce bring medical specialty expertise ranging from Anesthesiology to Emergency Medicine to Primary Care to Psychiatry. Read More... 

From the NPA Gun Violence & Public Health Project

NPA physician and patient education materials - Free while supplies last, order Today!

Risk Assessment Screening Tool for Physicians & Patient Education Brochure - View and Order

New NPA Guns & Public Health Webinar Series - SAVE the DATE: Monthly on 4th Wed at 9pm(E)

Special Expert Guests Speakers, topics will inclue:  Mental Health, Suicide & Gun Violence Restraining Orders; State Firearms & Medical Gag Laws; Child Access & Safe Storage; Guns & Domestic Violence; Community Violence, Poverty, & Hot-spotting; Universal Background Checks on All Gun Sales.

NPA Physicians Speak Out for Commonsense Solutions to Gun Violence

From Our Gun Violence Prevention Allies

The Truth About Kids & Guns: 2015  

A new report from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
"New data highlights devastating impact of unsafe access to guns, from suicide to preventable acidents.  Unsafe access to guns in the home is a leading cause of death among U.S. Children and teens according to this new report."  Read More...  Summary - Full Report

Concealed Carry Killers 

A new report from the Violence Policy Center
"Individuals with permits to carry concealed handguns in public are responsible for at least 722 non-self defense deaths since 2007,  a number that likely represents a fraction of the acutal total, according to updated data released by the Violence Policy Center.  One of the most recent victims was Dr. Michael Davisdon, a cardiac surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.  Concealed handgun permit holder Stephen Pasceri shot and killed Davidson on January 20, 2015, before turning the 40 caliber piston on himself."  Read More...  Summary - Full Report

Related Resources
Concealed Carry's Body Count - NY Times Editorial, Feb 11, 2015
National Concealed-Carry Reciprocity Fact Sheet, Center for American Progress
Summary of Concealed Weapon State Laws - 1 page Fact Sheet - Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Quick Stats  

2014 Annual Gun Law State Scorecard

See your state's gun laws gradeLaw Center to Prevent Gun Violence

From the Academic Literature

Identifying Armed Respondents to Domestic Violence Restraining Orders and Recovering Their Firearms: Process Evaluation of an Initiative in California.  Garen J. Wintemute, MD, MPH, Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, MPH, Barbara E. Claire, Katherine A. Vittes, PhD, MPH and Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH.  American Journal of Pubic Health, published online ahead of print December 12, 2013;e1-e6. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301484.

Support for a Comprehensive Background Check Requirement and Expanded Denial Criteria for Firearm Transfers: Findings from the Firearms Licensee Survey.  Garen J Wintemute. Journal of Urban Health:  Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. Published online 08 November 2013. DOI:10.1007/s11524-013-9842-7.

From Capitol Hill

Enough Is Enough: A Comprehensive Plan to Improve Gun Safety 
A new report released by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-3). Read More... Overview - Full Report

2014 Kelly Report: Gun Violence in America - "A first-ever Congressional analysis of the nations gun violence epidemic that offers a blueprint for ending the crisis," written by Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2). Read More...  Full Report

H.R. 224, the Recognizing Gun Violence as a Public Health Epidemic Act - A bill sponsored by Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2) to require the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service to submit to Congress an annual report on the effects of gun violence on public health.  Read More... Bill Text - See Cosponsors

NPA Gun Violence & Public Health Resources

New NPA Guns & Public Health Webinar Series

SAVE the DATE: Monthly on 4th Wed at 9pm(E)

Special Expert Guests Speakers

Topics will inclue:  

  • Mental Health, Suicide & Gun Violence Restraining Orders
  • State Firearms & Medical Gag Laws
  • Child Access & Safe Storage
  • Guns & Domestic Violence
  • Community Violence, Poverty, & Hot-spotting
  • Universal Background Checks on All Gun Sales

NPA Policy Statements

Take Action with NPA

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


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