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June 21st, 2014 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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As we go forward as Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence we think we need to have more connection to our group. We want to get your ideas and support.
Support us by liking or SHARING ppgv on Facebook. This gives us a way to reach you and your friends with our message.
We are on Twitter, but that is more alien to us oldsters. If you prefer it tell us and we will figure it out.
We are into our third fiscal year. It’s DUES Time– go to the website and under Donate you can pay your $50- $25 for students and affiliates. Or send Andy Zweifler a check at 1706 S. University 48103.  If this is an imposition any amount will help. We have increased financial needs for literature, office supplies and printing, staff, and travel. Plus, we’d like to build our coffers so that we can bring a speaker in the fall.
A major PPGV effort in organizing is well underway. Anne Kittendorf, family physician from Dexter is preparing resolutions to take to the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Annual Meeting in July. These resolutions, if passed, will allow MAFP to become a state leader in the work of making gun safety and gun injury a public health issue. If you are a FP and can go with us to Lansing July 18 we really need you.  More about this later.
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June- National Gun Violence Awareness Month

June 9th, 2014 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month. PPGV is participating in ASK Day on June 21 and really all month. The question everyone should ask is ” Do you have a unlocked gun in your home?”  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has led with this ASK campaign with the belief that making children’s playtime safer will save lives. 

Just in time- PPGV also has a new Gun Safety Handout on this issue for physicians’ offices with the AAP’s recommendations that guns be safely stored. Write back to order yours.
There is a related statement that physicians should know according to national experts- “Good family doesn’t let troubled members stay in a home with guns.” Suicide causes more deaths than homicide. Take the guns out of the home for 6 months if someone is struggling. These kids act on impulse and may find the gun and use it.
And we need some family physicians for July 18 MAFP Annual Meeting in Lansing. Can you come and support PPGV’s and MAFP’s effort to bring gun violence to our state agenda? Write back if you can to jswalden@umich.edu. This is very important!
We need your dues and cotributions. Go to our Donate page to do this.

Upcoming Talk at Friends Meeting House

June 2nd, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Upcoming- Andy Zweifler is leading a discussion on Gun Violence:Causes and Prevention at the Friends Meeting House at 1420 Hill on June 3. This is another opportunity for interested parties in the local area to meet and become informed about varous aspects of gun violence, a public health crisis claiming more lives than automobiles and which we as Americans seem powerless to improve. We are the world’s outlier. Come and lets learn how to do better!

Breaking Out in May

May 23rd, 2014 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Docs-May has been a busy month for PPGV. On (more…)

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.

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

Team 26 Rides and National Gun Violence Sabbath

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

Team 26 is making their 2nd annual ride from Newtown to Washington to rally for gun legislation and stopped in Harlem for a rally with local activists. Nina Agrawal of Doctors for America wrote the following piece.

And locally in Washtenaw Co. we are just a few days from the Gun Violence Sabbath weekenda. This national event brings together all faiths and PPGV is proud to participate .
From Nina Agrawal of Doctors for America about Team 26 and Harlem
No justice, no peace – Ride on, Team 26!!!! 

Yesterday, I had the amazing opportunity to welcome Team 26 to Harlem on their way to Washington from Newtown.  It was such an inspiring day, it brought tears to my eyes, seeing them in their green jerseys in honor of the 20 kids and 6 teachers who died.
Hats off to Dr. Greg Dworkin, a pediatrician, with the United Physicians of Newtown – a group of docs formed in response to the tragedy – who connected Harlem with Monte Frank of Newtown. It was because of our connection that Team 26 stopped in Harlem.  It was a combined event of  OFA, Moms Demand Action, and many other community partners.
It started with a group of local riders lead by Dads Demand Action and 20 local kids from Harlem and the Bronx – called the Rough Riders.  With police escort, we were lead from the Bronx into Harlem.  I connected with a local kid, Robert, from the Bronx whose mother is bedridden from a gun shot injury when he was a kid.  He dropped out of school in the 7th grade but can fix any apple gadget.  He makes his money fixing bikes at a local bike store.
The highlight of the welcome ceremony was the kids – from the Junior Newtown Action Alliance joining up with a rap song with kids from Harlem – calling for peace.  One of the best quotes was the Newtown teen who said that gun violence doesn’t discriminate based on zip code.
I gave a brief speech promoting the ASK program – advising parents to ask about guns in the homes where their child plays.  It was a drop in the bucket next to all the inspiring speakers who have experienced gun violence first hand – mothers who have lost kids,  former gang members who counsel peers,  the list goes on.
The mantra of the day was “no justice, no peace” chanted over and over again.
Bottom line –  There is hope.  We need to keep fighting just as these cyclists keep riding to raise awareness of the need for federal legislation.
Link to NY Daily News – check out the kids and Team 26 riding together: priceless


Here’s a link to the pics from the Harlem welcome event – check out Team 26 raising their hands in sync with the rap song – so cool:

Feb. 28. 2014.

We were just copied on Macomb County’s resolution to the State of Michiga naming June “Gun Violence Awareness Month”.(GVAM). Our group, PPGV, was a resource for part of the resolution. This resolution mirrors the one from Nwe York State which earlier declared June GVAM.  And last spring Washtenaw Co.named June as our Gun Violence.Awarenes Month. The Macomb Resolution is an excellent one with great supporting arguments for reducing violence from guns. Here is the link to view the resolution. http://ppgv.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/R14-027-June-Gun-final-signed.pdf. Every step towards better public health is a good step.