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Spring Update

April 23rd, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Spring Update)

Chart Notes 2.  April 2019

Thanks to you donors for your generous response to our Spring Appeal for PPGV. We received $ 2000. There is still time to help if you can. We are supporting 3 youth groups who have stepped up in this time to change the response to our gun crisis- including one here in Washtenaw County. Go on line to ppgv.org and hit the donate button or send a check to PPGV PO Box 4415 Ann Arbor, Mi. 48106

We are excited about our 2 new Executive Committee members. 1. Willie James. Mr. James is a retiree from General Motors who comes to us from the world of finance. He attends Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ypsilanti- a church that just celebrated 175 years of remarkable history. https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2018/11/brown_chapel_ame_church_celebr.html 2. Welton Craig Washington, MD. Dr. Washington is a psychiatrist who works with Washtenaw County Community Mental Health. He attended UM Medical School and residency finishing in 2006. He is actively involved in the education of both medical students and psychiatry residents and is the recipient of multiple teaching awards.  He has witnessed the devastating effects of gun violence at the local and national level and is passionate about gun reform. Welcome Willie and Craig!

Janet Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama, was asked recently about the one thing we Americans should worry about. Instead she responded with 3 things. 1. Cyber Security. 2. The Climate 3. Gun Violence.  Not surprisingly she didn’t mention immigrants or the border. But gun violence- a national crisis in her eyes- and ours.  So let’s push on!

 

Coming soon – our extensive speaking schedule and the 2018 Annual Report.

Spring Appeal

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

 

 

Colleagues,

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!

Happy New Year – a short summary of 2018

December 31st, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Happy New Year – a short summary of 2018)

Jan 1, 2019
PPGV – Michigan Physicians Educated and Empowered to Advocate for Gun Violence Prevention.
Happy New Year Docs!
Taking stock after a bruising election year of 2018 we are thankful for
1. The Energy of the Young.
After Parkland’s Mass shooting of students and the continued violence in Chicago
Two groups came to Michigan to the UM to receive the Raul Wallenberg Prize named for the hero who saved hundreds of Jews in WW11. PPGV’s Sonia Lewis writes about it in the Washtenaw Jewish News on page 16. https://www.washtenawjewishnews.org/PDFs/WJN_Dec_Jan_18_web.pdf
She quotes these young high schoolers, part of a new, strong, perhaps more savvy voice in the gun violence prevention (GVP) movement. They are energized and they can use social media like no one else.

2. Renewed energy of physicians. #ThisisOurLane. Many docs are enraged by the NRA’s claim that we should “stay in our lane” that somehow this epidemic of killings and injuries is not a public health issue. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nra-tweet-anti-gun-doctors-stay-in-your-lane_us_5be4ba32e4b0769d24cb1cef?pe8 PPGV joined this energy seeking a common voice that is being led by Doctors for America among others. More to follow.

3. Celebrating our victories. We won big with the Michigan Supreme Court’s affirmation that schools could limit guns. And we have a pro-gun safety governor. Now we need some Republican legislators who will help. Let’s find them!

Thanks for all your help and support in 2018!
Cheers and Happy New Year!

Jerry for the PPGV team

Sonya Lewis’s Article on Two Crises.

November 29th, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Sonya Lewis’s Article on Two Crises.)

PPGV’s Sonya Lewis, psychiatrist and passionate public health protagonist reminds us in
this excellent piece why we are working to change our crazy world of senseless gun deaths.
Here is her essay.https://medium.com/@sonya.a.lewis/a-tale-of-two-crises-6c656957f58f

Countering Violence

November 5th, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Countering Violence)

In response to the recent violence in our country PPGV Executive Committee (EC) has 3 actions you need to know. The pipe bombs targeting Democratic leaders and the killings in the Squirrel Hill synagogue are actions being fueled by a rhetoric that is foreign to anything in memory. But, we have found some counter actions.
1. Giving. The EC in your name is giving generous checks ($500 each) to the Parkland Fl. and Chicago youth groups who have a new, strong voice opposed to gun violence. Their voice needs financial help. And we are giving another check to a group of survivors of gun violence. Generous giving lifts our spirit! Thank you.
2. Building Community. The youth groups, B.R.A.V.E and March For Our Lives are receiving the annual Wallenberg award at the UM and giving the lecture Nov 14. It promises to be inspiring! For free tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-wallenberg-lecture-march-for-our-lives-the-brave-youth-leaders-tickets-50227758578
3. Voting. Please join us in voting for candidates with good records on gun violence. Some of them are as follows.
Debbie Stabenaw US Senate, Debbie Dingell US House of Representives Michigan 12
Gretchen Driskell US House Michigan 7,Gretchen Whitmer Governor and the Democratic Slate of officials.
The PPGV legislative list focuses on our help for Donna Lasinski, Yousef Rabhi, Julia Pulver, Sean McCann, Christine Greig, Robert Wittenberg and Jon Hoadley- all with good gv credentials.
Michigan Supreme Court. Sam Bagenstos and Megan Cavanaugh.
Yes on Proposition 2 against Gerrymandering and Yes on Proposition 3 for Voter support measures.
The Michigan Resources to find best candidates:
Vote Smart (non-partisan, national) https://votesmart.org/
League of Women Voters (non-partisan, Michigan) https://www.vote411.org/state_guide?state_id=Michigan#.W9kU99VKjm4

Finally for Democrats and also Republicans the App VoteWithMe.us will allow you to reach out to friends to vote with you. We all need each other!

2018 MSMS Presentation and the Election

October 17th, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on 2018 MSMS Presentation and the Election)

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MAFP passes New Resolutions on Gun Violence Prevention

July 19th, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

At the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians in July, 2018 the following resolutions were passed. The PDF is found herd on pages 5 and 6 https://www.mafp.com/system/:tenant_id/ckeditor_assets/attachments/2160/original_proposed_amendments_to_mafp_bylaws_to_be_voted_on_at_2018_annual_meeting.pdf

Physician Leadership in the Prevention of Gun Violence

WHEREAS, In 2015 there was a Call to Action to halt this gun violence crisis by all the 7 major medical societies, including the American Academy of Family Physicians 4, and our own Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) began strong advocacy in 2014 for common sense legislation to help protect the citizens in our State from the negative effects of gun violence 5, and

 WHEREAS, There are over 35,000 gun violence deaths and 70,000 injuries in the USA annually, which is approximately 20 times greater than other industrialized countries 1, creating an amount of morbidity and mortality at a level that constitutes a public health crisis according to the American Medical Association and the American Public Health Association 2,3,6, and

WHEREAS, Two nationally recognized physician experts recommended 4 common sense laws that would help to reduce the morbidity and mortality caused by firearms 7 based on data collected in other states who have enacted similar laws including:

  • Requiring all purchasers of firearms to obtain in-person permits at local law enforcement agencies, which is current law in 10 states and in Washington DC for handgun purchases, and has been shown to reduce the risk of guns being diverted to criminals by 68% and are also considered to be more effective as a crime deterrent than point of sale background checks[i]
  • Ban individuals convicted of any violent crime from gun purchases, which has been law in California since 1991, with subsequent analysis showing that convicts who were allowed to buy guns were nearly 30 percent more likely to be arrested later for a gun crime or other violent crime compared to those who were unable to purchase guns after the law was passed[ii]
  • Compel all serious domestic violence offenders to surrender their firearms until such persons prove competency in safe firearm ownership, which is in line with evidence showing that states that have enacted these provisions, so called ‘relinquishment’ laws, have reduced intimate partner violence by nearly 50 percent compared to those without such laws.[iii]
  • Limit firearm possession by those who recklessly use substances, such as alcohol, through advocating a restriction in gun possession permits for those who have committed 2 DUIs in a period of 5 years, and/or until such person proves competency to drive and can prove a safe return to firearm possession, based on data showing those with DUIs are four to five times as likely as people with no criminal record to be arrested for a violent crime in the future[iv]

now,therefore, be it RESOLVED, that the MAFP actively advocate to require all purchasers of firearms to obtain in-person permits at local law enforcement, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the MAFP actively advocate to ban individuals convicted of any violent crime from gun purchases, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the MAFP actively advocate that all serious domestic violence offenders be compelled to surrender their firearms until such persons prove competency in safe firearm ownership, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the MAFP actively advocate to limit firearm possession by those who recklessly use substances, such as alcohol, through advocating a restriction in gun possession permits for those who have committed 2 DUIs in a period of 5 years, and/or until such person proves competency to drive and can prove a safe return to firearm possession.

1.

Richardson, Hemenway, Homicide, Suicide, and Unintentional Firearm Fatality: Comparing the US with other high-income countries, 2003.pdfhigh-income countries, 2003.pdf03.pdf

2 https://www.ama-assn.org/ama- calls-gun- violence-public- health-crisis

3 https://www.apha.org/topics-and- issues/gun-violence

4 http://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2151828/firearm-related- injury-death- united-states- call-action- from-8

5 http://ppgv.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MAFP.pdf

6 http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe1713355

7 https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/4-laws- that-could- stem-the- rising-threat- of-mass- shootings/

[i]
Webster DW
Vernick JSBulzacchelli MT2009. Effects of state-level firearm seller accountability policies on firearms trafficking. J. Urban Health 86:525–37

[ii] Wintemute GJWright MADrake CBeaumont JJ2001. Subsequent criminal activity among violent misdemeanants who seek to purchase handguns. JAMA 285:1019–26

[iii] Ann Intern Med. 2017 Oct 17;167(8):536-543. doi: 10.7326/M16-2849. Epub 2017 Sep 19.

State Intimate Partner Violence-Related Firearm Laws and Intimate Partner Homicide Rates in the United States, 1991 to 2015.

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[iv] https://www.thetrace.org/2017/02/gun-owners-alcohol-abuse-crime/

http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/24/1/681]
Webster DW
Vernick JSBulzacchelli MT2009. Effects of state-level firearm seller accountability policies on firearms trafficking. J. Urban Health 86:525–37

[1] Wintemute GJWright MADrake CBeaumont JJ2001. Subsequent criminal activity among violent misdemeanants who seek to purchase handguns. JAMA 285:1019–26

[1] Ann Intern Med. 2017 Oct 17;167(8):536-543. doi: 10.7326/M16-2849. Epub 2017 Sep 19.

State Intimate Partner Violence-Related Firearm Laws and Intimate Partner Homicide Rates in the United States, 1991 to 2015.

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[1] https://www.thetrace.org/2017/02/gun-owners-alcohol-abuse-crime/http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/24/1/68

Chart Notes Early Summer 2018

June 27th, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Chart Notes Early Summer 2018)

Chart Notes Early Summer Part 2

Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Amrit Misra writes about our presentation earlier this year at the DMC-

“It went great! The residents and faculty enjoyed the presentation quite a bit! It was a great discussion and we enjoyed having Drs. Peggs and Whitehouse come speak!  It’s a very big issue in Detroit for our patients and we were glad to have a grand rounds about it.  Many thanks to your group for advocating for this issue – it’s a big problem in Detroit, we have had ~ 500  children/teenagers over the past 5 years  come in with gunshot wounds (just at Detroit Medical Center! doesn’t even include St Johns or Henry Ford), so almost one child admitted every four to five days, which is quite sad. This number doesn’t account for the emotional trauma as well that our kids go through seeing gun violence and knowing family members/friends who are shot”

Dr Misra is passionate about bringing some relief to the children of Detroit and we will work with him!

Another Grand Rounds happened on Feb. 9 at UM Internal Medicine. PPGV’s James Peggs moderated a panel of 3 experts on gun violence. Patrick Carter, MD, UM Injury Center researcher on Flint youth joined by  PPGV’s Sonya Lewis, MD, VA psychiatrist and April Zeoli, MSU PhD and Criminal Justice head. Lewis targeted suicide and Zeoli domestic abuse with important presentations. About 50 physicians including the UM Executive Vice Dean Carol Bradford of the Medical School attended.

PPGV Annual Report 2017 is out and attached. http://ppgv.org/?p=1174 We had a decent year highlighted by helping keep Michigan from passing more bad laws by testifying in Lansing and mailing the governor and legislature.

An Ohio Sister Organization. Abbie Youkilis, MD, an Ohio internist has contacted us about starting a similar physician group in Ohio. Abbie’s niece was Jaime Guttenberg and died in the Parkland Fl. School shooting. Our hearts are with her and we will give her a hand.

Volunteer. Robert Milstein has agreed to volunteer to help with our list and other technical work. Thanks, Bob! We also continue to need invitations to present at Grand Rounds. We are invited to staff a table at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. Email us at jswalden@gmail.com if you want to do a shift.

2017 Annual Report

June 24th, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on 2017 Annual Report)

2017            Annual Report, PPGV        550 physicians strong.

Mission Statement: Michigan Physicians, Educated and Empowered to Advocate for the Prevention of Gun Violence.

Operations. Our Executive Committee continued to meet monthly. Cochairs J. Walden and A.  Zweifler, Treasurer Zweifler and Secretary E. Arneson. Additionally, C.Farmer, S. Lewis, J. Peggs, W. Wadland, A. Weder, W. Whitehouse,  and T. Wilson composed our EC.  Marguerite (Peg) Shearer joined and Hugh Solomon, Jeffrey Tulin-Silver, and AC (Chris) Elkins stepped down.

1.Education. We made a Grand Round presentation at Muskegon Hospital and with UMMS Student AMA chapter adding new members. Additionally, Drs. Zweifler and Lewis made a special presentation in April, 2017 at the Rotary World Conference on Peace held in Ann Arbor. Presentations were made at the Rotary Club of Taylor, Michigan and the First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor. Last, Bill Wadland led in an innovative journalism class for high school students from the Grand Traverse area discussing gun violence prevention issues.

2.Curriculum. PPGV continues an affiliation with UM Psychiatry Department making a popular presentation to UM medical students (15-30 at a time) as part of their 3rd year clerkship in psychiatry. PPGV psychiatrist Sonya Lewis has assumed primary responsibility for this effort with occasional assistance from Drs.Zweifler and Peggs. Thus, PPGV presents to every UM medical student.  Our presentation continues to evolve during our presentations depending on our audience. The presentation to the psych students focuses on suicide, domestic partner abuse and children’s accidental deaths. Homicides, mass shootings, gag laws and stand your ground laws are included in grand rounds. Our medical student opportunity, begun in 2016, is considered crucial to developing the physician voice in our struggle to prevent gun violence

3.Advocacy. PPGV also advocated for smarter gun safety legislation by attending several legislative hearings in Lansing and numerous marches and rallies in support of efforts to prevent gun violence. The Michigan House passed a bill that would have allowed any legal gun owner to carry a gun anywhere he can now with no training. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/07/concealed-guns-without-permits/102600024/ This bill and 30 others including allowing guns in previously off limits places like schools, hospitals, bars and day care centers caused us to visit Lansing many times giving testimony. Our testimony fell on dead ears in the Republican House and Senate. Then we wrote the legislators and finally the governor asking for his veto if the bills passed. The bills stalled fortunately.  See the website for more details.

  1. Publications and Letters to the Editor. Dr. James Peggs had a LTE in Family Medicine http://www.stfm.org/FamilyMedicine/Vol49Issue8/Peggs653  commenting on W. Wadland’s earlier article http://www.stfm.org/FamilyMedicine/Vol48Issue9/Wadland679 that it is always right to ask about guns in the home.

5.Media, Art and Celebrations. We attended the Washtenaw Co. Sheriff’s Spring Annual Gun Safety Day and Wear Orange Day, June 2.

6.Meetings. Dr. Walden attended the annual MAFP meeting to advocate for involvement in gun violence issues. Zweifler and Lewis attended the Chicago meeting (see above).

7.Partners. The Michigan Academy of Family Practice (MAFP) is planning on more cooperative work with Michigan Academy of Pediatrics on GV. Dr. Walden is a member of the MAFP Advocacy Committee. Walden became a Sandy Hook Promise leader and investigated avenues of installation of this student led program in area schools. SHP is to decrease shootings in youth by making their spaces safer.

8.Recruiting /Activism. We continue to work for a gun-free environment in our hospitals and clinics and in public spaces. With leadership from Dr. Whitehouse we were able to recruit several medical directors from St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. We continue to work with leaders at other Trinity Health hospitals in southeastern Michigan as well as IHA. We continue to search for partners.