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Tragedy Turns to Promise of Positive Change 

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

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

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)

UPCOMING!  - May 27 at 9pm ET

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

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Archived Webinars

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.
doi:  10.1056/NEJMe1500847.

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.

Quick Stats

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

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  • Join NPA's Gun Violence Prevention Action Team
  • Tell your Story – share your clinical or personal experience with gun violence

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NPA 10th Annual Conference, Washington DC, October 17-18, 2015
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