Dear PPGV Members,
As we reflect on the unspeakable events in that occurred in Orlando this past weekend, it is impossible to find words that adequately describe our sadness, anger, and horror. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their loved ones who must suddenly adjust to circumstances that are beyond comprehension.
One way in which we can be helpful in this time of grief is by encouraging individuals to donate blood to assist survivors who are currently fighting for their lives in Orlando area hospitals. Although the immediate response to calls for blood donations was overwhelming, there will be an ongoing need for blood in the days to come. If you know anyone who lives in or around Orlando, please urge them to contact OneBlood at www.oneblood.org or call 1.888.9Donate to arrange to make a donation.
As we keep the victims and their loved ones in our hearts, let us continue to speak out loudly to our local and national legislators to advocate for sensible gun legislation such as universal and comprehensive background checks and a ban on assault rifles. Let us also use our voices to teach our patients, co-workers, friends, and families about gun safety, safe storage, and prevention of access to individuals who should not have access to firearms including children, cognitively impaired adults, substance abusers, domestic abusers, and anyone in the midst of a mental health crisis.
As medical professionals and as compassionate human beings we must work together to heal our suffering society and to prevent our country from succumbing to the forces of hate, intolerance, fear, and destruction.
Thank you for your support of PPVG and for your commitment to promoting health, safety, and peace through the prevention of senseless gun violence.
Physicians for Prevention of Gun Violence Executive Committee