As the New Year approaches we want to say thanks for supporting our work in 2019 for a safer Michigan.
Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence (PPGV) continues to grow. We are now well over 700 members. We are gaining voice with our public health approach to gun violence prevention (gvp). This voice is developing just in time as the toll of deaths and injuries is mounting- now passing automobiles.
PPGV has given grand rounds at many Michigan medical schools and primary care residencies. (We will visit your program if invited.) At these presentations we have gained both members and voice. With Governor Whitmer’s veto power we have not had to advocate in Lansing for GVP as often as the Republican legislature has not forwarded risky laws as in the past. And nationally, after years of prohibition there now is some money being appropriated to study gun violence.https://www.thetrace.org/2019/12/congress-gun-violence-research-budget-agreement-cdc-nih/
We are developing a GVP curriculum. Ours is modest, but in California the legislature just awarded over $3 million to UC Davis to develop curriculum there for their physicians. That’s exciting! https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article236257503.html?utm_source
The public health approach to gvp has many facets. Read or listen to David Hemenway, the director of Harvard’s Injury Control Research Center, speak on this recently. Hemenway asserts that everyone has a role to play to stop the shootings- from manufacturers to police to pawn shops to gun owners to docs and more-everyone!https://www.harvardmagazine.com/2019/podcast/david-hemenway
The public is on board, the kids in many areas are energized, moms are demanding action, docs are in “our lane” uninhibited by the NRA and hope is on the ascent that we may start to reduce the burden of suffering from gun violence. Thanks for your work and support in 2019 and Happy New Year!
Jerry for PPGV
Three things to know for December for PPGV.
1.Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 at 9:15 am Room 403 in the Capitol Building – a press conference.
We’ll hear from Senator Rosemary Bayer, Rep Robert Wittenberg, and Rep Brenda Carter. This is a great opportunity to learn about this important legislation, while supporting our elected officials who are fighting for the safety of our communities!
Later that day is
Vigil of Remembrance for Newtown MCPGV is hosting a vigil December 4 to support those impacted by gun violence and raise awareness of this critical issue.
Wednesday, December 4 at 7pm
St. Stephens Community Church
1007 Kimberly Dr, Lansing, MI 48912
2.Curbing Gun Violence: Strategies for Change/Live Webcast/D/ Harvard podcast with David Hemenway and others.https://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/series/policy-controversies/
Good day. This year church of the Messiah will host its 12th annual “Fallen Angels” ceremony. Fallen Angels honors the innocent victims of gun violence. This year Fallen Angels will be a Christmas concert honoring innocent victims of gun violence. Family and friends will celebrate a day of peace and healing with others in the community who have experienced loss. We will honoring “Code 22” on December 22nd as a day of peace, no killing, and healing as outlined by pastor Ovella Davis of United communities of America.
Doors open at 3:30. The concert is at 4pm. Dinner will be served at 5:45.
We will gather with community and government officials, law enforcement, business leaders, religious organizations, and families and friends of those we lost to gun violence. All are welcome.
For more information contact Rev. Barry Randolph 313 6335331
Reflections on the FACTS Symposium, Monday, October 21, 2019
Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens- FACTs. The consortium and website. https://depts.washington.edu/hiprc/child-and-teen-firearm-safety-research-consortium-fund www.childfirearmsafety.com https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov › pubmed
(Dr. Rebeccah Cunningham’s UM team received a large grant from NIH to study Gun Violence and this symposium was an outgrowth.)
1.Most current data indicates 109 Americans die from guns every day
2.The differences between urban and rural attitudes and practices are real. A community advisory panel in rural areas felt defensive reading the message on the UM Injury Center’s handout for parents that “The Safest Home with children is a home with NO guns” as per the AAP (pediatrics.) What do we do about that- conversation starter?
3. The most successful way to ask about guns in the home may be to ASSUME THERE ARE GUNS and ASK ABOUT STORAGE e.g. “Are the guns in your home all stored safely?”
4. Dr. Joseph Eradi, an expert in school safety who was a consultant to Sandy Hook school after their tragedy has been touting the approach to recognize bullying, loneliness, weird behavior changes among students before lives are lost. He encourages kids to “SAY HELLO” i.e. practice inclusiveness, don’t let kids sit alone in the corner of the cafeteria, etc. and “SAY SOMETHING” if they see something worrisome. He is not a proponent of arming teachers. This program is the Sandy Hook Promise. https://www.sandyhookpromise.org
5. Declaring gun violence a public health crisis in America Dr. Patrick Carter pointed out there are 130 suicides/day and 130 opioid deaths /day currently in US. Both are crises, but only the opioid has been declared!
6. Youth and adults typically do not visit a mental health professional prior to suicide but many DO visit their primary care provider. Doctors should screen for depression—converse with patient appropriately—provide gun locks or help get gun/s removed from access. This could be facilitated by ERPO’s.
7. Youth who are vulnerable to violence seem to respond to a pilot program using a phone app which sends alerts and words of encouragement during the day, GPS monitors if kids are in “bad situations”, students receive rewards as incentive e.g. five consecutive days without carrying your gun.
8. Data indicate the predictable: in states where gun laws are more permissive school shootings are more prevalent
9. There appears to be some progress towards increasing federal funding for research related to gun violence
James Peggs, MD