Health Care Professionals to Lawmakers: Stop Gun Violence
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As the nation mourns the fallen children and teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary School, we must take a stand against gun violence as a public health crisis that claims far too many lives. It's time for common sense gun rules like background checks and banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as a comprehensive plan to address gun violence including ensuring funding for research and data-collection on gun violence and ensuring that health care providers can ask patients about gun ownership in order to counsel them appropriately about safety measures.

UPDATE on 1/6: We are broadening this effort to include all health care professionals. Add your voice today and ask 5 friends to join us, too!   

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    To: President Obama and Members of Congress

    We, the undersigned health care professionals urge you to pass gun safety legislation immediately and present the nation with a comprehensive plan to curtail gun-related violence.

    America’s health care professionals are on the front lines of gun violence. Together with our allied health professionals, we see the physical, emotional, and psychological toll in our emergency rooms and clinics every day. 

    The human toll of gun violence in our society is heartbreaking and unacceptable.  Physicians and nurses can no longer remain silent on this issue.  

    Thirty thousand American lives are lost each year because of bullets, stray or intended.  This constitutes a public health crisis of the highest order. The complexity of gun violence and politics of gun safety laws can no longer be excuses for our elected leaders to avoid taking action to curb gun violence.