The last few days have been important ones for the public health approach
to gun violence.
We lost a young African-American woman to a Stand Your Ground type response
in Michigan. Yet another loss that was based on what Bill Alt of Interfaith
Council for Peace and others are calling the “culture of fear”. We have
to explore this fear and lable the need for guns as a co-morbidity – that of
*cowardice*. It is cowardly to use extreme force- that of a weapon of
destruction to an unarmed woman in search of help on your porch.
We have to become more hospitable and more open as a society. As physician
leaders our work is cut out for us. Together we can! We can start by the
“diagnosis of the problems as fear and cowardice.
On another front Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly see a victory for our
interest in big Virginia victories vs. the gun lobby. See below.
From Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly
Nov 6 (2 days ago)
Last night, Virginians elected a pair of statewide candidates at the top of
the ticket who campaigned on common sense solutions to reduce gun violence,
and the results sent a powerful message to the rest of the country:
*Candidates who campaign on reducing gun violence — even in purple states
— win elections.*
Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe: “I’m a gun owner and I’m a hunter. But I
support universal background checks. My opponent and I differ on that.”
Lt. Governor-Elect Ralph Northam partnered with Virginia Tech families to
support universal background checks.
And a third candidate who stands with us, State Senator Mark Herring for
Attorney General, came from behind with our support and is heading into an
Because of supporters like you, we were involved in each one of these
important races, matching the NRA’s investment dollar-for-dollar.
*The more people learn about our big wins in Virginia, the greater the
impact. So please join us in spreading the word about last night’s
victories on social media or by forwarding this email to your friends. It’s
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This is why we started Americans for Responsible Solutions after the
tragedy at Sandy Hook — to stand as a counterweight to the gun lobby in
Washington, D.C. and all 50 states. And without your continued support of
our efforts, victories like the ones we experienced last night wouldn’t be
Thank you for standing with us as we continue this fight.
All the best,
Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly
Americans for Responsible Solutions BB