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Gun Violence & Public Health Action Update

March 20, 2015

The Challenge of Screening for Gun Violence

by Sarah Kimball, MD, NPA Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce Co-Chair

My final patient of the day fit a disturbingly common mold in my primary care practice in a safety-net clinic in Boston. An otherwise healthy twenty-six year old woman, there would have been a small number of preventive care and screening issues to address, but for her looming concern. She struggles daily with chronic upper back pain, in large part due to a gunshot wound injury that she sustained seven years ago. It has made work difficult, as most of the jobs available to her involve long hours of standing. That one night, when she was a victim and bystander, has made every day since measurably harder. Weekly, almost daily, these patients come into my clinic and doggedly I ask the common screening question. Is there a gun in your home? Read more


From the NPA Gun Violence & Public Health Project

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


NPA Guns & Public Health Webinar Series - 
Monthly on 4th Wed at 9pm(E)

Who is Dangerous? Gun Laws, Mental Health, Suicides, & Restraining Orders

Wednesday, March 25, 2015?at 9 pm (E) - Click here to RSVP

Guest Speakers:  

- Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, Associate Professor, Associate Director for Outreach, Center for Injury Research and Policy at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

- Josh Horwitz, JD, Executive Director, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence


NPA Physicians Speak Out for Commonsense Solutions to Gun Violence


From Our Gun Violence Prevention Allies


Firearm-Related Injury and Death in the United States: A Call to Action from 8 Health Professional Organizations and the American Bar Association  

“In February, the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Surgeons, and American Psychiatric Association joined with the American Public Health Association and the American Bar Association to call for policies to help mitigate the rate of firearm injuries and deaths in the United States.” The paper was published online in Annals of Internal Medicine.  Read More...

Add You Voice!

Click here to list your organization as an endorser to this collaborative effort to reduce the public health consequences of firearms.  

Related Editorial

Reducing Firearm-Related Harms: Time for Us to Study and Speak Out

Darren B. Taichman, MD, PhD, Executive Deputy Editor; Christine Laine, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, on behalf of the Annals editors. Ann Intern Med. Published online 24 February 2015 doi:10.7326/M15-0428


New PSA from States United to Prevent Gun Violence

Watch this powerful new short video that aims to inform people who are interested in purchasing guns for safety of the potential risks and unpredictable outcomes.

According to a recent survey, six out of ten Americans believe owning a firearm makes homes safer. But studies show the opposite to be true: owning a gun can actually increase risk of injury and death for you and those around you.

To debunk this perception, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, a national non-profit organization dedicated to making our families and communities safer, did the unthinkable: they opened a “gun store” on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and invited first-time gun buyers to check it out as part of a hidden camera social experiment.  Learn More...

Related Analysis from Media Matters

NRA Affiliate Is So Scared Of This Gun Safety Video That It Wants A Criminal Investigation, March 19, 2015


Quick Stats  

Report: Guns will probably kill more young Americans than car accidents in 2015

The Economist charted the forecast for 2015 and beyond, based on an analysis of federal data by the Center for American Progress, Vox, March 18, 2015


From the Academic Literature

Effects of Policies Designed to Keep Firearms from High-Risk Individuals

Annual Review of Public Health, Vol. 36: 21-37 (March 2015). DOI: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031914-122516.
Daniel W. Webster - Center for Gun Policy and Research, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21205; Garen J. Wintemute - Violence Prevention Research Program; Department of Emergency Medicine; University of California, Davis, Sacramento, California 95817.


Cure Violence: A Public Health Model to Reduce Gun Violence

Annual Review of Public Health. Vol. 36: 39-53 (March 2015). DOI: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031914-122509.
Butts, Jeffrey A., Caterina Gouvis Roman, Lindsay Bostwick, and Jeremy R. Porter.  


From Capitol Hill

H.R.1217 - Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2015

Designed to help keeps guns from criminals, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill, this bill closes loopholes in the current background check system requiring background checks on all gun sales.

It was authored by U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Pete King (R-NY), co-sponsors currently include Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Pat Meehan (R-PA), Bob Dold, (R-IL), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY).  Read the bill here...

Watch video of the announcing news conference also with former Rep. Gabby Giffords



Extending Concealed Weapon Carry Laws Across State Lines

Read the bills and see the current co-sponsors 

S 498 - Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015

HR 402 - National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015 


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 include:  

  • 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


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