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.
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!
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
|From Nina Agrawal of Doctors for America about Team 26 and Harlem|
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/