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Will We Accept the Challenge?

by Tobie Smith, MD, MPH, NPA Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce Co-Chair

Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they're scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue.

- Dr. Vivek Murthy, Oct 16, 2012

This tweet sparked a political controversy that nearly derailed the confirmation of Dr. Murthy as the Surgeon General. The National Rifle Association played “politics with guns” and attempted to bully legislators into denying his confirmation, claiming he would use the position as a platform for gun control.

Why shouldn’t he? If the 33,000 U.S. deaths and more than double that in injuries in 2013 attributable to firearms is not a serious public health issue, then what is?  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

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

Nothing More Basic: Best Practices to Promote Safe Gun Storage
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 9 pm (E) - Click here to RSVP

Featured Speakers:

  • Michelle Boykins - Senior Director of Communications, National Crime Prevention Council

  • Rebecca Adeskavitz, MPH - Senior Program Manager, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

  • Jennie Lintz, JD, MS - Director, Public Health & Safety, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

NPA Physicians Speak Out for Commonsense Solutions to Gun Violence

From the Academic Literature

Guns, Impulsive Angry Behavior, and Mental Disorders: Results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R)

Swanson, J. W., Sampson, N. A., Petukhova, M. V., Zaslavsky, A. M., Appelbaum, P. S., Swartz, M. S., and Kessler, R. C. (2015). Behav. Sci. Law, doi: 10.1002/bsl.2172.

Updated Evidence and Policy Developments on Reducing Gun Violence in America

Editors Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH and Jon S. Vernick, JD, MPH Center for Gun Policy and Research Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Johns Hopkins University Press Baltimore Visit http://www.press.jhu.edu/ for more information and to purchase the complete book.

From Our Gun Violence Prevention Allies

New Short Film on Florida “Docs vs Glocks” Medical Gag Law

Documentary film director Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films have turned their cameras toward the epidemic of gun violence in the U.S. and the role gun-makers and the National Rifle Association. While exploring the issue Brave New Films talked to Florida physicians about the new state law that restricts physician discussions with patients about guns. They have released a 3-minute short that gives a useful overview of this law that is now being considered in other states.

"As a doctor, I put the safety and health of my patients first.  Gun violence is one source of harm to patients and their communities and it’s a problem that may be prevented with a safety conversation in the exam room. As this film critically presents, that conversation is getting harder to have in some parts of the country, with legislative interference that will put obstacles in the way of care that patients deserve."

-Ricky Choi, MD, MPH, National Physicians Alliance Board Member and Gun Violence & Public Health Project Chair

Click here to view

Learn more about state level medical gag laws from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Quick Stats

What Does Gun Violence Really Cost? $229 billion a year in the U.S.
Amazing new data in new special investigation issue of Mother Jones (April/May 2015)

From Capitol Hill

Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2015 (HR 1217)

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...

National Conceal Carry Mandate - 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 

Find Your Elected Officials Here 

NPA Policy Statements

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