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THIS IS OUR LANE. Sign this petition now to show that healthcare professionals will not be silenced.

Thousand Oaks is the next city to face the devastation of a mass shooting, only 11 days after Pittsburgh. Stand with SAFE and our partners at AFFIRM by signing this petition to show that our voices as healthcare professionals will not be silenced, especially now. Donate here to help prevent the next tragedy.

We are U.S. physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals dedicated to eliminating the American firearm violence epidemic through research, education, and evidence-based policy.

American Firearm Violence
Is An Epidemic

Gun violence in the United States is a medical threat of epidemic proportions. In 2015, firearm related mortality rates exceeded motor vehicle traffic mortality for the first time in American history and has remained higher in all subsequent data (1). In 2016, 38,656 lives were lost to firearms, almost 8,000 of these deaths were individuals under 25; and firearms caused over 116,000 injuries. The 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic claimed 11,310 lives, less than a third of the number of deaths caused by firearms in a single year (2). 

 


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SAFE aimS to eliminate the personal and public health threat of gun violence in America through research and education.  

As doctors, nurses, medical students, and healthcare providers in the United States, we are professionally committed to protecting our patients' physical and mental health. As we bear witness to the devastation of firearms, we cannot remain silent about the significant danger that gun violence poses to our patients' wellbeing.


America's Firearm Epidemic Transcends Political Allegiance

Regardless of individual views about gun ownership, we can all agree that reducing the number of deaths and injuries from firearms is a universal goal of utmost importance. 

“A natural extension of working in public hospitals is to witness gun violence as a medical and public health issue, before it is anything else.  Framed in this manner, the injury to the human body, whether accidental, self-inflicted or otherwise, becomes just as preventable as the small pox and diphtheria that took lives in generations  past.  It is inspiring to see medical students and physicians, decorated war veterans among them,  come together to carry on a shared goal: to save lives."

-Abraham Verghese MD, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University


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Despite the immense threat that gun violence poses to individual and public health, research barriers in the US impede our ability to gain knowledge that would allow healthcare providers and policy makers to more effectively eliminate this public health crisis.

However, the research we do have show that firearms in the home increase the risk of homicide and violent death of members of the household (3,4), and is a risk factor for suicide death (5). We aim to make Americans safer by supporting scientifically back firearm practice and policy. 


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(1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Centers for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. (2016) {cited Jul 10}. Available from: www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars

(2) “Ebola (Ebola Virus Disease).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 27 Dec. 2017, www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/history/2014-2016-outbreak/case-counts.html.

(3) Kellermann, Arthur L., et al. "Gun ownership as a risk factor for homicide in the home." New England Journal of Medicine329.15 (1993): 1084-1091.

(4) Dahlberg, Linda L., Robin M. Ikeda, and Marcie-jo Kresnow. "Guns in the home and risk of a violent death in the home: findings from a national study." American Journal of Epidemiology 160.10 (2004): 929-936.

(5) Miller, Matthew, et al. "Firearms and suicide in the United States: is risk independent of underlying suicidal behavior?." American journal of epidemiology 178.6 (2013): 946-955.