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PHI Joins Leading Orgs to Call for Legislative Solutions to Gun Violence

2018

We must address gun violence as a significant public health threat, so we can enact policies to reduce firearm-related deaths.On February 22, PHI joined 75 organizations who signed on to two letters to the House and Senate urging Congress to find a bipartisan path forward for comprehensive legislative solutions to firearm-related injuries and fatalities.

Read the full text of the letter to the house below, or click to view the PDFs. 

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February 22, 2018
U.S. House
Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Representative:

The undersigned 75 national medical, health, public health, and research organizations write to urge you – again - to find a bipartisan path forward for comprehensive legislative solutions to firearm-related injuries and fatalities.

Many of our groups previously wrote to you after massacres in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs. We write to you now because on Feb. 14th, 17 children and adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, lost their lives at the hands of an individual with an assault weapon. Over and over again, such mass shootings are the tragic inflection points that exemplify the daily toll that gun violence takes on the lives of Americans. In 2016, there were over 38,000 U.S. firearm-related fatalities.i It is critical that we address gun violence as the significant public health threat that it is, so that we can enact policies that significantly reduce firearm-related morbidity and mortality.

Policymakers have an opportunity to respond to this public health challenge with bipartisan solutions that reduce injuries and fatalities associated with firearms. Federal policy should address gun violence with the same dedication applied to other successful public health initiatives over the past 25 years, such as immunizations, public sanitation, and motor vehicle safety. Reducing injury and mortality through research and evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies has been proven to improve health, safety, and life expectancy.

Strengthening firearm background checks and supporting funding for federal research and public health surveillance on firearm-related injuries and fatalities would provide meaningful progress in achieving a public health solution for this issue. We urge you to find a bipartisan path forward to enact commonsense solutions that address the public health threat of firearm-related injuries and fatalities. Our organizations stand ready to work with you to support that critical effort. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

2020 Mom

Academic Pediatric Association

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Art Therapy Association

American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Board of Pediatrics

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American College of Physicians

American College of Preventive

American Counseling Association

American Medical Association

American Medical Women's Association

American Nurses Association

American Osteopathic Association

American Pediatric Society

American Pediatric Surgical Association

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychoanalytic Association

American Psychological Association

American Public Health Association

American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare

Association of American Medical Colleges

Association of Black Cardiologists

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs

Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Big Cities Health Coalition

Child Injury Prevention Alliance

Children’s Defense Fund

Children's Health Fund

Clinical Social Work Association

Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service, Inc. (COA)

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Council on Social Work Education

Doctors for America

First Focus

Futures Without Violence

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality

Healthy Teen Network

International Association of Forensic Nurses

National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health

National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health

National Association of Community Health Centers

National Association of County and City Health Officials

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

National Association of School Nurses

National Association of Social Workers

National Association of State EMS Officials

National Black Nurses Association

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

National Hispanic Medical Association

National Network of Public Health Institutes

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Physicians Alliance

National Register of Health Service Psychologists National Women's Health Network

North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Pediatric Policy Council

Prevention Institute

Public Health Institute

Safe States Alliance

School-Based Health Alliance

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

Society for Pediatric Research

Society for Public Health Education

Society of General Internal Medicine

Trailhead Institute for Public Health Innovation

Trust for America’s Health

Urgent Care Association of America