One year ago this week a 22 year old man with a known history of mental health problems murdered 7 and wounded 13 on the streets of Isla Vista near Santa Barbara, California. From tragedy came progress as the California legislature passed the country’s first gun violence restraining order months later. This law empowers family members to speak up and act with law enforcement so that guns can be temporarily removed when loved ones are in crisis and at elevated risk of violence.
Last months through NPA’s gun violence prevention work we have heard loud and clear from national experts that prevention works and physicians have a role. Read More...
From the NPA Gun Violence & Public Health Project
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The Cost of Gun Violence & Financing the Gun Industry
Mark Follman, investigative reporter with Mother Jones
Read the special report "What Does Gun Violence Really Cost?" (May/June 2015)
Read the article
Review the numbers
Watch the video
Jennier Fiore, Campaign to Unload
Watch short video with Dr. Sheldon Teperman, Chief Trauma Surgeon
Nothing More Basic: Best Practices to Promote Safe Gun Storage (April 2015)
Who is Dangerous? Gun Laws, Mental Health, Suicides, & Restraining Orders (March 2015)
Gun Laws, Gag Laws & Domestic Violence (February 2015)
NPA Physicians Speak Out for Commonsense Solutions to Gun Violence
Closing Loopholes in Background Checks
Guns & Community Health
My View: Expanded background checks a positive step for Oregonians
From the Academic Literature
Prevent Youth Assault by Assaulting Firearm Violence
Patrick M. Carter, MD, Maureen A. Walton, MPH, PhD, Douglas R. Roehler, MPH, Jason Goldstick, PhD, Marc A. Zimmerman, PhD, Frederic C. Blow, PhD, and Rebecca M. Cunningham, MD
PEDIATRICS Vol. 135 No. 5 May 1, 2015. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-3572.
Guns, Society, and Medicine
Jerome P. Kassirer, M.D. New England Journal of Medicine 2015; 372:874-875, February 26, 2015.
From Our Gun Violence Prevention Allies
Important Resources to Share
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and June is the beginning of summer vacation for school children, please consider how you might use and share these resources with your colleagues and patients.
“Lock-It Up” - Safe Firearms Storage Campaign from the National Crime Prevention Council
Watch PSAs suitable for professional use
“Asking Saves Kids” Campaign - from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
View “Conversations” (30-second PSA)
#NotAnAccident Index - Everytown for Gun Safety
More than two million American children live in homes with guns that are not stored safely and securely. View interactive map that tracks every publicly reported incident in 2015 where a person age 17 or under unintentionally kills or injures someone with a gun.
U.S. Gun Violence: Facts for Physicians & Medical Students
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...
Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act (HR 2216)
This bill was recently introduced by Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) and currently has 22 co-sponsors. It would close several loopholes that currently exist in federal protections against gun violence for those who are victims of domestic violence or stalking.
Read Bill Text
See Current Co-Sponsors
Find Your Elected Officials Here
NPA Policy Statements
Take Action with NPA
- Sign-up for NPA Gun Violence Prevention Action Alerts
- Join NPA's Gun Violence Prevention Action Team
- Tell your Story – share your clinical or personal experience with gun violence
Save the Date!
NPA 10th Annual Conference, Washington DC, October 17-18, 2015
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