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Spring Appeal

March 25th, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Spring Appeal)




Eight years ago when Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence (PPGV) began, we asked for annual dues of $50.  Your response was generous and our expenses were low. We stopped asking and built our organization.  However, now the ways in which we could put your money to good use have become clearer. 1. We are helping allies with who have fewer resources.

When the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students in Parkland, Florida announced the March for Our Lives in response to the horrific shooting at their school, our local kids wanted to go to Washington D.C. in support.  We donated to help them rent a bus.  When these same Parkland Student Leaders and the B.R.A.V.E. Youth Leaders of the Faith Community of St. Sabina (an organization of students from Chicago’s South Side working to prevent GV) were jointly given the 26th annual Wallenberg Medal at the University of Michigan, we made donations to these student activist groups to help them continue their work.

  1. We also want to develop media resources- make some videos, etc.

So we need money. Please send your $50 contribution to PPGV.org.  We are not an officially organized non-profit. Your donation is not tax deductible.  But we promise it will be well spent!  Go to ppgv.org and click the Donate button.

The members of your executive committee contribute to PPGV and keep our expenses low as we travel to speak at Grand Rounds and conferences, our medical societies and to medical student groups about GVP.

If you can’t donate now please continue to use your voice to support this important cause by writing emails, letters or making calls when we send out an alert.

Thanks for all you do!

Jerry, Andy and the entire PPGV Executive Committee

Late Winter Update- Beaumont and ERPO

March 3rd, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Late Winter Update- Beaumont and ERPO)

Visiting Beaumont

James Peggs and I traveled to Oakland University/William Beaumont Hospital and School of Medicine on February 12 continuing to reach out to our colleagues around the state with our grand rounds “Gun Violence and Firearm Safety- the Physician’s Role”. We were hosted by Brian Berman, MD, Chief of Pediatrics. Pediatricians were joined by psychiatrists that morning. We had a lively discussion of our public health crisis including the recent hashtag #ThisIsOurLane. Many angry doctors responded to the NRA’s call to stay “in our lane” and remain silent about gun deaths. They shot photos of bloody surgical gowns and operating room floors.  And trauma surgeon Stephanie Bonne photographed her chair where she sits to tell parents that their child didn’t survive surgery. Physician passions are high. We want to see the death toll come down. Instead it climbs and we are frustrated.

Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO).

One Beaumont psychiatrist worried about the many unstable patients she sees who are at risk of harming themselves or others with a gun. She wondered if we had an answer.  Now our only response is to ask the family to cautiously remove the gun. An ERPO allows family member or the police could petition the court for a temporary removal of guns from a person felt to be dangerous to self or others. Michigan democrats in the house have reintroduced this bill that studies show would save lives. Recently the senate also introduced SB 0157 with 11 cosponsors. This year with more effort from doctor groups perhaps we can pass this bill. Can you find a Republican legislator who will join the fight for this lifesaving bill? Let’s push for Michigan to join the 5 or more states who have an answer to this gun in the “wrong hands” problem.

20 physicians joined PPGV that morning. Dr. Berman wrote a letter of “appreciation for the excellent Grand Rounds presentation.” Visiting Beaumont was a pleasure! And this year may bring some positive change in Michigan law. Together we can!