The massacre in Charleston ripped the bandage off a deep wound of racism in our society. It unmasked a willful blindness about structural white privilege. Too many people carrying guns "for protection" have made themselves judge, jury, and executioner for their neighbors. We've been here too many times before, and we know what needs to be done. Sadly, our lawmakers hear mostly from lobbyists out to increase profits for gun-makers. In a democracy, repair demands participation. As the common-sense majority, we must continue to speak up. 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)
UPCOMING! Guns & Gag Laws: 2015 State Legislative Update - June 24 at 9pm ET
Speaker: Allison Anderman, Staff Attorney, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
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The Cost of Gun Violence & Financing the Gun Industry (May 2015)
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
From the Academic Literature
Association Between Connecticut’s Permit-to-Purchase Handgun Law and Homicides
Kara E. Rudolph, Elizabeth A. Stuart, Jon S. Vernick, and Daniel W. Webster. American Journal of Public Health. 2015. e-View Ahead of Print. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302703.
Weapon Involvement in the Victimization of Children —Victims of firearms and knives more likely to report high adversity and trauma
Kimberly J. Mitchell, PhDa, Sherry L. Hamby, PhDb, Heather A. Turner, PhDc, Anne Shattuck, MAa, and Lisa M. Jones, PhDa. Pediatrics. Published online June 8, 2015, doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-3966.
From Our Gun Violence Prevention Allies
Important Resources to Share with Colleagues & Patients:
A Tale of Two States - Proof that Handgun Purchaser Licensing Saves Lives
A new campaign from Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence to educate Americans about effective gun violence prevention measures such as the licensing of handgun purchasers.
Learn More - Sign the Pledge - Read the Resolution
"ASK" Saves Kids Lives - a national campaign from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
June 21 marked the 15th annual National ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day that takes place annually on the first day of summer. ASK Day, part of the ASK Campaign, aims to raise awareness about the importance of parents asking, “Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays? The start of summer is a critical time for parents and caregivers to be reminded of the importance of asking this question. Summer break means children are out of school, have more free time and are increasingly likely to be playing at, and visiting other homes. One out of 3 homes with children has a firearm, and thousands of youth are killed or injured each year as a result. Asking this question can be life-saving.
On National ASK Day, and all year long, Physicians can help raise awareness of this life-saving question.
Learn more here - View 30-second PSA “Conversations”
Concealed Carry Killers - New Resource with State-by-State Analysis & Background from the Violence Policy Center
This new resource includes hundreds of examples of non-self defense killings by private citizens with permits to carry concealed, loaded handguns in public. Visit concealedcarrykillers.org
"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
From Capitol Hill
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
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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NPA’s work on gun violence prevention has been supported in part by grants from the David Bohnett Foundation.