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Moms Demand Action Rally in Support of Expanded Background Checks in Michigan
May 14, 11:30AM
Anderson House Office Building
124 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing

Please join us in Lansing on May 14 as we rally in support of the expanded background check bill, HB 4774. This bill has been stalled in the House Judiciary Committee with no action for a year.

Background checks save lives and do not infringe on Second Amendment rights. We know that the majority of Americans, including gun owners and NRA members, support background checks on all firearms purchases. It is crucial that the (often silent) majority make our voices heard.

I hope to see you in Lansing on May 14.

Sincerely,
Kristen Moore
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Thanks to the efforts of Andy Zweifler, M.D., Cheryl Farmer, M.D., and the members of the Washtenaw County Medical Society delegation, the Michigan State Medical Society House of Delegates passed a PPGV initiated resolution on Sunday, April 27, 2014.  This resolution supports Continuing Medical Education presentations on gun violence prevention.  The resolution said in part:

RESOLVED: That MSMS encourage inclusion of presentations about the prevention of gun violence in national, state, and local continuing medical education programs; and be it furtherRESOLVED: That MSMS ask the AMA to encourage inclusion of presentations about the prevention of gun violence in national, state and local continuing medical education programs.

The Continuing Education Committee agreed with the general premise and intent of the resolution, namely that physicians currently are looking for more education about how to discuss gun violence with their patients in order to provide them with education and safety, and that gun violence falls into the same social/medical realms as obesity and other social determinants of health.

Moms Demand Action Meeting

March 26th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Ann Arbor Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: Information Meeting
Sunday, March 30, 4:00-5:00PM
First United Methodist Church Ann Arbor (120 State Street)

The purpose of this meeting is to get to know each other, learn more about Moms Demand Action, brainstorm about possible future events, and discuss pending state and federal legislation. We will end the meeting by signing postcards encouraging action on Michigan’s expanded background check bill, HB 4774. This bill has been stalled in the Michigan House Judiciary Committee since May 2013.

We have arranged to have childcare available at the meeting.

Letter to Ann Arbor News

March 17th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The story in the March 2 edition of The News is frightening for a variety of reasons. First of all, the evidence is clear, the more guns in a community-the more deaths due to firearms—and not just homicides. Suicides and accidental deaths (typically involving children) are more frequent as well. Secondly, the fact that a significant number of people feel that they need to have guns for protection reflects a troubling level of insecurity and fear in our neighborhoods and indicates an alarming readiness to use lethal force in response to attempted burglary (typically by unarmed teenagers.) Finally, the combination of fear, racial stereotyping, Michigan’s “stand your ground” law and concealed carrying of handguns is an invitation to tragedies on our streets such as have occurred in Florida in the past 2 years. Our social problems should be attacked at their roots. More guns are not the answer—they are simply another serious problem to be addressed.

 

Andrew Zweifler M.D.

 

Member, Physicians for Prevention of Gun Violence

Stateside with Cynthia Canty

January 26th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Andy and I talked to Cynthia Canty of Michigan Radio WUOM,etc. recently about gun violence.  Steve Thiry, Head of FM at St. Joe’s Ann Arbor,  helped set this up- thanks, Steve!

Here’s the link  michiganradio.org

The MIchigan Academy of Family Medicine heard it and wants an article in their quarterly. Anyone want to help with that, especially FMs? And anyone know the MAFP politics well to help build this alliance- know Dr. Fred Van Alstine or Dr.Tina Tanner? The AAP has targeted gun violence this year and we should push other medical academies to join in!

We have had a few new docs join that may bring some out-state invitations to grow us beyond Washtenaw Co. That is another goal. Let us know if you have a connection to a group of physicians wanting to talk about gun violence.

Three Year Anniversary

January 10th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Dear Docs,
Andy and I got our start with PPGV 3 years ago after Tucson and Gabby Giffords shooting. We had tried after Virginia Tech and when the mayor rebuffed us we stopped. 32 deaths there got our attention and then Gabby made us more determined. 
Gabby has a great editorial in the New York Times about her determination to make our country safer. Please read it and watch the video of her sky dive. 
My personal story is that I am 2 years from Ampullary or Pancreatic Cancer and look like a cure. I have to find a way to return my thanks. This physician organization and its purpose is it. I have lost a beautiful teenager to death and another almost teen to live in prison, now 30 years, due to gun violence.
And you?  I hope you will join us and  work even harder in 2014 for the prevention of gun violence. See our website, ppgv.org to become more active.
Jerry and Andy for PPGV

Three new happenings for 2014

January 5th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Hi Doctors,
3 new happenings for the New Year 2014:
1. Steve Thiry, Head of Family Medicine at St. Joe helped us get a spot on Cynthia Canty’s “Stateside”  Michigan Radio program. Andy Zweifler and I will record a short 6-8 minute interview early next week. Let us know if there is anything you think is pressing to report on guns and docs working for the public’s health. This is a great opportunity to be better known in Michigan!
2. Kelly Orringer, pediatrician at UM, helped set up  a speaking engagement with the UM Pediatric Dept. on Jan.21. This Departmental Meeting can enable stronger support from UM pediatricians. The  American Association of Pediatrics has committed nationally to  reduce gun violence in 2014 thereby becoming the leader for national physician organizations. Go pediatricians!
3. Cheryl Farmer, internist and former mayor of Ypsilati and member of the Washtenaw County Medical Society Exec. Committee, has retired and will join our Exec. Committee at PPGV. Welcome Cheryl!

Great News for PPGV to begin our new year! See the Action Page of ppgv.org to become more active with us.
Best,
Jerry

Moms Demand Action on Gun Sense Campaign

December 14th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Moms Demand Action on Gun Sense in America momsdemandaction.org is a national, grass-roots group with local chapters in Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing, Michigan. 

Saturday, December 14, marks one year since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Moms Demand Action will commemorate the anniversary with No More Silence, a campaign to honor the victims and show our resolve never to be silent again about gun violence. The campaign will include a week of action culminating on December 14, with events in Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing. Each event will include a communal ringing of bells—a moment of No More Silence—to remember the victims and to show that the time for silence is over.

In solidarity with Moms Demand Action and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice ICPJ, the Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence invites its members and friends to convene on December 14th at 11:45 pm in front of the Federal Building (Post Office) on Liberty Street between 4th and 5th Avenues to mark the anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Mayor of Ann Arbor and others will speak, and at 12:45 pm we will remember the victims of gun violence through word and song and a communal ringing of bells.

From Kate Gold on the science of violence at IOM meeting

November 11th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

While we are still tuning up our blog (I feel President Obama’s pain with the healthcare roll out) this came from Dr. Kate Gold. We always love good news in the gun violence struggle.                -Jerry

She wrote:

The Institute of Medicine held their annual meeting in Washington DC on October 21, 2013.  Each year, the meeting is convened around a certain theme: in 2011 the focus was on vaccines and in 2012 on health professions education. This year, the meeting was entitled: “The Science of Violence: Causation, Mitigation, and Prevention.”  We heard from more than a dozen researchers who talked about the history of lobbyist opposition to public health research (going so far as to shut down our early sections of the CDC focused on gun violence), mental health and violence, violence prevention programs that work, the impact of recurrent exposure to violence, and different types of violence including a large focus on gun violence.  There was also some interesting discussion about the “contagious” nature of violence and how in some ways it should be viewed more like an infectious disease.  During the Q/A period, one IOM member reported she mentored a young physician-research who had been told that focusing a career on gun violence would be career-suicide, and another member countered that when he found himself on the NRA target list of violence researchers, he immediately put that honor on his CV! All in all, it was a fascinating day and encouraging to see so many diverse members of the IOM being exposed to the issues of violence research and see so much energy around such a critical public health issue.

A link to the day’s agenda is below and the site also has videos of all the talks:
http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/AnnualMeeting/2013-OCT-21/2013IOMAMAgenda.aspx

Katherine Gold  MD MSW MS
Department of Family Medicine
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Michigan

From Jerry Walden, African-American woman shot in MI, but Election win in VA.

November 9th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Docs-
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.

Jerry –

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
apparent recount.

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
important.*

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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
possible.

Thank you for standing with us as we continue this fight.
All the best,

Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly
Americans for Responsible Solutions BB