At night, after I’ve left my primary care clinic and put away my notes, I am occasionally haunted by a near-miss patient. The one who, at the end of the visit, pauses slightly when I ask if there are any more questions. On a busy or late clinic day, I might accept the silence as acknowledgement that there are no further issues, and move on to the next patient’s needs. More than once, when I have listened to my instinct to stop, I’ve found that that moment contains a painful offering from a patient. Too afraid to say that they are suicidal, but too afraid to leave without saying it, they wait until the last possible moment to put voice to their depression and suicidality. Read More...
From the NPA Gun Violence & Public Health Project
NPA Guns & Public Health Webinar Series
New! Guns The Truth About Suicide & Guns (Sept 2015)
Guns & Gag Laws: 2015 State Legislative Update (June 2015)
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)
Bad News from Florida for Doctors & Patients
Court ruling another blow to physicians counseling on gun safety
“A Florida law that prohibits physicians from counseling families about safe storage of firearms does not violate their First Amendment right to free speech, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled in a 2-1 decision on July 28.” Read more…
- American Academy of Pediatrics News
Doctors for Gun Safety - Hear from Florida physicians in this short 3-minute video from Brave New Films - Watch & Share
NPA Physicians Speak Out for Commonsense Solutions to Gun Violence
From the Academic Literature
Suicide Rates and State Laws Regulating Access and Exposure to Handguns
Michael D. Anestis and Joye C. Anestis. American Journal of Public Health: October 2015, Vol. 105, No. 10, pp. 2049-2058. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302753.
Preventive Medicine Special Issue: Epidemiology and Prevention of Gun Violence
Guest Editors: David Hemenway and Daniel W. Webster. These articles appear in Preventive Medicine, Volume 79 (2015) published by Elsevier. All articles in this Special Issue are openly available until June 30, 2016.
Physician Counseling on Firearm Safety: A New Kind of Cultural Competence
Kimberly Marian E. Betz, MD, MPH1; Garen J. Wintemute, MD, MPH2. JAMA. 2015;314(5):449-450. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.7055.
From Our Gun Violence Prevention Allies
Important Resources to Share with Colleagues & Patients:
The Truth About Suicide & Guns
A new report from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence that presents a summary of the most up-to-date data and research findings on firearm suicide.
More Resources - Visit www.suicideproof.org for more information on how to educate parents about removing or securely locking firearms in the home to reduce the risk of suicide.
Commonsense Solutions: How State Laws Can Reduce Gun Deaths Associated with Mental Illness
For too long, state and local leaders seeking effective policies to reduce gun violence and ensure responsible gun ownership have been confronted instead with the influence and ideas of the gun lobby. In response to these challenges, the toolkit will give state legislators a manual for understanding the breakdowns in state laws that allow the dangerously mentally ill easy access to guns. Link to Toolkit
From Capitol Hill & the State House
Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act (HR 2216)
Introduced by Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) this bill 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
New law in California - The Gun Violence Restraining Order
This new law “allows family members and law enforcement officers to seek a Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) against people who pose a threat to themselves or others.” Learn more from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Read legislation text here
Additional Resource: “Guns, Public Health, and Mental Illness: An Evidence-Based Approach” by the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy: State Recommendations and Federal Recommendations from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
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NPA 10th Annual Conference, Washington DC, October 17-18, 2015
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