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Gov. Snyder letter from James Peggs, MD

September 4th, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Dear Governor Snyder,

In anticipation of your facing several new bills to reach your desk, HB 4416, HB 4616, and SB 366 I urge you to take a principled stand on behalf of the health of your fellow Michiganders and veto such legislation.
As a member of Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence I fear these new laws would create even greater risk to the Public Health than currently exists. Please do not make it even easier for gun violence to affect the citizens of this state.

Respectfully, James F. Peggs, M.D.

Earlier Letter from Cheryl Farmer, MD Summer 2017

September 4th, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Earlier letter.  Summer 2017

Dear Governor Snyder,

I’m an Internist and a board member of Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence.  Our 500+ member group works to reduce gun violence  through the application of public health principles.  We strongly oppose HB 4416, HB 4417, HB 4418 and HB 4419.

There is an EPIDEMIC of gun violence in this country.  According to the American Journal of Medicine, March 2016, the overall U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than the next closest country.  For 15-24 year olds, it is 49 times higher.  The heroic notion that if everyone is armed no one will get hurt is not supported by the data.

Last month there was unanimous opposition to these bills from both your state-wide Police Chiefs’ and your  state-wide Sheriffs’ organizations, who believe these bills would endanger officers and civilians.  Please VETO these  bills if they come to your desk for signing.

Cheryl Farmer, MD

Letter to Gov. – Action Needed

September 4th, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Hi Docs-

Welcome to Fall and a Good Labor Day to you- a time for action.

PPGV and Moms Demand Action (MDA) are working on a similar tactic; we can stop the Michigan legislators that are pushing several bad gun bills- permitless concealed carry and 18 year old concealed carry, etc.  this fall. (see below for nos.)

Our groups are focused on the governor- he needs to veto these bills. PPGV is sending physician letters to the governor outlining the reasons to oppose. MDA is asking members to seek out important people (like you) to write the governor a letter.

Here’s an example from Dr. Cheryl Farmer.

 

Dear Governor Snyder,

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center says there are 28 hate groups operating in Michigan today, including KKK chapters.  When one or more of them decides to stage a Charlottesville-style event here, how do you want it to go?

Virginia’s Governor said one of the problems in policing the Charlottesville demonstration was that the white supremacists were better armed than law enforcement.  The solution to this lies not in more and better arms for Michigan law enforcement , but in refusing to allow the further and deeper penetration of the gun culture into our state.

 

I am one of 500+ members of Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence.  Allow me to share some data with you:  “States with right-to-carry concealed handgun laws experience increases in violent crime, according to Stanford scholar” http://news.stanford.edu/2017/06/21/violent-crime-increases-right-carry-states/ ; “States with Weak Gun Laws and Higher Gun Ownership Lead Nation in Gun Deaths, New Data for 2015 Confirms”  http://www.vpc.org/press/states-with-weak-gun-laws-and-higher-gun-ownership-lead-nation-in-gun-deaths-new-data-for-2015-confirms/#.WWLsC8owrpQ.facebook

Four bills that just passed the Michigan House (HB 4416, HB 4417, HB 4418 and HB 4419), with versions now pending before the Senate, would make it even easier to obtain and open-carry guns. The State Police Association and the State Sheriffs Association oppose these bills, yet it seems they are on track to pass.

Please plan to VETO them if they come to your desk.  Keep the public safe.  The Second Amendment very clearly gives the right to bear arms to “A well-regulated militia…”  You have the last word on regulation.  Please VETO.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Farmer, MD

To write your letter to Rick Snyder use the link to the Governor’s site for comment:  https://somgovweb.state.mi.us/GovRelations/ShareOpinion.aspx

Go to the PPGV website for other letters from PPGV to use as you like. Please write – your signature is what really counts!

More from Michigan Radio below.

 

Want to carry a concealed gun without a permit or training? Michigan lawmakers want to help.

Best,

Jerry

Fast Moving Gun Bills in Michigan

May 30th, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

PPGV Legislative Update.    May 2017

A recent appeal –

The NRA is pushing a law that would force all 50 states to allow anyone to carry loaded, concealed guns in public, with no background checks or training. At Everytown for Gun Safety, we believe this puts us all at risk. But the NRA won’t be satisfied until anyone — even dangerous people — can carry a gun anywhere. Sign the petition to Congress: Don’t let Donald Trump and the NRA gut our gun laws. Say NO to the NRA’s national concealed carry reciprocity bill.

This is almost exactly HB4416- the law we just testified to in the Michigan House. So far Drs. Andy Zweifler, Cathy Keller, Cheryl Farmer and I have testified and Walter (Mac) Whitehouse and Stuart Dombey have written letters all opposing this permit less concealed carry law. Part of the argument for this is that Indiana already has it and we allow them to carry into our state. Rep. Michelle Hoitenga, the sponsor, says fees prohibit poor people from being able to carry. One major point is that we have gone from 50,000 in 2001 to over 600,000 concealed carry permits- almost 10% of our citizens. Our process while minimal is arguably working and the police don’t want this change. They now deny a few potentially dangerous applicants due to misdemeanors and other restrictions. We know that more guns and weak laws lead to more shootings. I oppose HB4416. My testimony follows. http://HB 4416 Doc1

Cheryl Farmer’s testimony included an exchange from the committee chair, Rep. Runestad, who said that the current process only asks the permit holder to shoot 30 rounds (so isn’t necessary). Dr. Farmer responded that maybe it was inadequate. She then cautioned that we all are responsible for our decisions and this act will likely cause more death. A representative replied that “physician error is the second leading cause of death”. They also challenged the police over second amendment rights to carry trumping police needs for safe interaction with motorists. Dr. Farmer’s testimony here. http://CF test. HB4416

Here is also a link to the Detroit Free Press article at the initial hearing.  http://www.freep.com/story/news/2017/05/16/gun/325838001/

10 Years after Virginia Tech

April 13th, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

From States United to Prevent Gun Violence comes this notation:

10 Years Since the Virginia Tech Shooting. On April 16, 2007, in one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history, 32 students and teachers died after being shot by a single gunman on the campus of Virginia Tech. Many survivors and relativies of victims have dedicated their lives to gun violence prevention. Leading up the anniversary, memorial events for the Virginia Tech community are being planned in several states.”
In 2007 after this mass shooting  Andy, Angelos and I decided the physician voice needed to be stronger and searched for a method.
We began with a letter to our mayor asking him to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns. After a few months we met with him and were refused. (He would join when approached with our next effort). Discouraged we paused. Then after the Tucson shooting of Gabby Giffords in 2011 we began asking you to join us and we became a real, focused group of now 400 physicians. So we remember well those who died at Virginia Tech as well as the over 80 who die each day of gun violence in this public health crisis-disaster really- that goes on day after day in our country and that is 30 times that of Great Britain.
Remember April 16!
We can be better.  Thanks for what you already do .  Stay tuned for more plans for 2017.
For more information like us on Facebook (physiciansforthepreventionofgunviolence) orTwitter (PPGV.org). Our website is ppgv.org.

PPGV 2016 Annual Report

February 28th, 2017 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We hope you will enjoy reading PPGV’s 2016 Annual Report. We had a productive year and we are pleased to share our accomplishments with you.

PPGV 2016 Annual Report

Happy New Year

January 21st, 2017 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Happy New Year, Doctors!

We have a brand new year and an exciting one at that! Our issues with gun safety and the gun violence crisis will share the spotlight with others in health.

We 400 physician scientists still have a good deal to say about the state and nation’s health.

In 2017 We are hopeful that better data backed by congressional funding of the CDC will inform our science. This, of course, is one of 4 laws that many medical societies supported in the “Call to Action” in the Annals of IM.https://www.acponline.org/acp-newsroom/more-than-two-dozen-organizations-join-call-by-internists-and-others-for-policies-to-reduce-firearm

At year’s end PPGV had two happy events in Michigan. The Ann Arbor School Board (AASB) was victorious in its defense of the right to prevent guns in schools at a hearing before the State Board of Appeals. Several of us heard the court question the plaintiffs and rule unanimously (3-0) against them. No guns in Ann Arbor schools (like no guns at court). Dr. Sonya Lewis’s high school daughter, Sarah, was interviewed on MLive and was passionate about her view that guns were unwanted at school. Listen here. http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/12/gun_advocates_wary_of_oral_arg.html#incart_2box_news_ann-arbor

Hopefully this decision supporting local school boards’ rights will make the law called “preemptive punishment” that was introduced last year harder to reintroduce. That law saddled local entities with court costs if they chose to oppose state law and lost. This punishment would block dissent through the courts in such cases as AASB’s.

And in December we met with Chris Matus, Senator Gary Peters’ Regional Director. We felt we had an excellent meeting. We know that as a new US senator we were getting early attention from a powerful person. Mr. Matus agreed that the public health model is best and that reframing children’s deaths as “preventable, not accidental” is also important. Phone calls to all our representatives are the best value when we advocate. The meeting was attended by Drs. A. Zweifler, C. Farmer, W. Whitehouse, S. Dombey, and J. Walden. Follow-up is planned.

Again, Happy New Year! Thanks for your support of PPGV!

Next meeting Jan 17 at 7 PM. Let us know if you would like to attend.

 

The Power of Organized Medicine

December 6th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Dear Docs,

Recently the American Medical Association announced that it has resolved to join the battle to promote the “Call to Action” raised by eight national health professional organizations and reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2015.

The AMA now joins The American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Psychiatric Association, and The American Public Health Association in calling for:

  • Universal background checks
  • Restrictions on civilian use of military-style assault weapons and large-capacity magazines
  • Elimination of “Gag Laws”
  • CDC funding for gun violence research.

These medical organizations are joined by the American Bar Association, which asserts that the recommendations are not in conflict with the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Cheryl Farmer, a member of our PPGV executive committee and the Michigan State Medical Society, authored the resolution that led to this result. Cheryl wondered why the AMA wasn’t a part of the 2015 “Call” and wanted “the Big Mama” to join us in the fight. She took her resolution from PPGV to the Washtenaw County Medical Society to MSMS and finally to the AMA. And we won! Read about it here:  https://wire.ama-assn.org/ama-news/ama-joins-call-action-stem-tide-gun-violence.

This success shows the way in which organized medicine, through our county and state medical societies, helps physicians protect the public interest. It also shows how PPGV (430 members strong, and growing!) can use its focused commitment to the prevention of gun related injury and death to steer the power of the AMA toward the righteous cause of sensible gun laws. Thanks go out to all: Dr. Farmer, PPGV, WCMS, MSMS, and the AMA!

Statements from our new president–elect suggest that the work ahead of us may be even harder. But as we have seen, much can be accomplished when we work together! Cheers!

Summer’s Work

October 4th, 2016 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Chart Notes  September, 2016

PPGV hits 400 members. With recent talks given to Wayne State University Dept. of Family Medicine and UM Medical School we now have 400 members, mostly physicians. It looks like we will continue to present with UM psychiatry medical student rotation.  We are scheduled for a grand rounds at Western Michigan University in October.

New Leaders.  Jody Jones, head of the Michigan College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of MiCOG Advocacy Committee and Kim Yu, immediate past president of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and a member of MAFP Advocacy Committee recently joined PPGV. Welcome doctor leaders!

Concert Across America. PPGV, led by Sonya Lewis’s organizing effort sponsored a local concert on September 25 in conjunction with over 300 concerts to decrease gun violence across America. Louis Nagel, retired UM professor of piano played a Beethoven sonata. Kevin Fitzgerald conducted a chamber orchestra playing Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. It was beautiful music! And PPGV received over $2500 in donations. Music helps bridge a gap in our culture that is now filled with too many injuries and deaths.

Video of Concert to End Gun Violence

October 3rd, 2016 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Please enjoy this video from last month’s Concert Across America to End Gun Violence featuring pianist Louis Nagel performing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Kevin Fitzgerald conducting Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. The concert was wonderfully received and we are grateful to everyone who participated, attended, and contributed. Not only did we raise awareness about the epidemic of gun violence in America, we also raised over $2500 thanks to the generosity of our audience members. We hope that through music, we inspired others to work for meaningful change in our country. We are grateful to Genesis of Ann Arbor for graciously hosting this event.

Click here to watch the concert video

Click here to view the concert program – designed by Kate Schlansker