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Gov. Snyder letter from James Peggs, MD

September 4th, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Dear Governor Snyder,

In anticipation of your facing several new bills to reach your desk, HB 4416, HB 4616, and SB 366 I urge you to take a principled stand on behalf of the health of your fellow Michiganders and veto such legislation.
As a member of Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence I fear these new laws would create even greater risk to the Public Health than currently exists. Please do not make it even easier for gun violence to affect the citizens of this state.

Respectfully, James F. Peggs, M.D.

Earlier Letter from Cheryl Farmer, MD Summer 2017

September 4th, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Earlier letter.  Summer 2017

Dear Governor Snyder,

I’m an Internist and a board member of Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence.  Our 500+ member group works to reduce gun violence  through the application of public health principles.  We strongly oppose HB 4416, HB 4417, HB 4418 and HB 4419.

There is an EPIDEMIC of gun violence in this country.  According to the American Journal of Medicine, March 2016, the overall U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than the next closest country.  For 15-24 year olds, it is 49 times higher.  The heroic notion that if everyone is armed no one will get hurt is not supported by the data.

Last month there was unanimous opposition to these bills from both your state-wide Police Chiefs’ and your  state-wide Sheriffs’ organizations, who believe these bills would endanger officers and civilians.  Please VETO these  bills if they come to your desk for signing.

Cheryl Farmer, MD

Letter to Gov. – Action Needed

September 4th, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Hi Docs-

Welcome to Fall and a Good Labor Day to you- a time for action.

PPGV and Moms Demand Action (MDA) are working on a similar tactic; we can stop the Michigan legislators that are pushing several bad gun bills- permitless concealed carry and 18 year old concealed carry, etc.  this fall. (see below for nos.)

Our groups are focused on the governor- he needs to veto these bills. PPGV is sending physician letters to the governor outlining the reasons to oppose. MDA is asking members to seek out important people (like you) to write the governor a letter.

Here’s an example from Dr. Cheryl Farmer.


Dear Governor Snyder,


The Southern Poverty Law Center says there are 28 hate groups operating in Michigan today, including KKK chapters.  When one or more of them decides to stage a Charlottesville-style event here, how do you want it to go?

Virginia’s Governor said one of the problems in policing the Charlottesville demonstration was that the white supremacists were better armed than law enforcement.  The solution to this lies not in more and better arms for Michigan law enforcement , but in refusing to allow the further and deeper penetration of the gun culture into our state.


I am one of 500+ members of Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence.  Allow me to share some data with you:  “States with right-to-carry concealed handgun laws experience increases in violent crime, according to Stanford scholar” http://news.stanford.edu/2017/06/21/violent-crime-increases-right-carry-states/ ; “States with Weak Gun Laws and Higher Gun Ownership Lead Nation in Gun Deaths, New Data for 2015 Confirms”  http://www.vpc.org/press/states-with-weak-gun-laws-and-higher-gun-ownership-lead-nation-in-gun-deaths-new-data-for-2015-confirms/#.WWLsC8owrpQ.facebook

Four bills that just passed the Michigan House (HB 4416, HB 4417, HB 4418 and HB 4419), with versions now pending before the Senate, would make it even easier to obtain and open-carry guns. The State Police Association and the State Sheriffs Association oppose these bills, yet it seems they are on track to pass.

Please plan to VETO them if they come to your desk.  Keep the public safe.  The Second Amendment very clearly gives the right to bear arms to “A well-regulated militia…”  You have the last word on regulation.  Please VETO.


Cheryl Farmer, MD

To write your letter to Rick Snyder use the link to the Governor’s site for comment:  https://somgovweb.state.mi.us/GovRelations/ShareOpinion.aspx

Go to the PPGV website for other letters from PPGV to use as you like. Please write – your signature is what really counts!

More from Michigan Radio below.


Want to carry a concealed gun without a permit or training? Michigan lawmakers want to help.