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.