Our Patients, Our Lane: Why Congress Must Fund Gun Violence Research

Our Patients, Our Lane: Why Congress Must Fund Gun Violence Research

Giffords.org: This past weekend, El Paso and Dayton were the latest American communities torn apart by gun violence. We know that these mass shootings, as well as every day gun violence, are widespread public safety issues. All Americans deserve to live without fear. We cannot let these tragedies become normalized.

A Healthcare Intervention

On June 11th, doctors, nurses, students and other healthcare providers, gun owners and non gun owners, Democrats, Republicans and Independents held a press conference outside the Capitol Building in order to push Congress to advance Firearms Injury Prevention Research. Watch the live video here.

Who was there?

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14)

Dr. Dean Winslow, SAFE Director; Stanford Professor of Medicine; Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel

Dr. Roger A. Mitchell Jr., Washington D.C. Chief Medical Examiner; George Washington University Clinical Professor of Pathology; Howard University Professor of Surgery

Dr. Joseph Sakran, Gun Violence Survivor; John Hopkins Hospital Assistant Professor Surgery, Director of Emergency General Surgery, and Associate Chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery

Richard Hamburg, Safe States Alliance Executive Director

Dr. Abbie Guttennberg Youkilis, Gun Violence Survivor; Internal Medicine Specialist

Dr. Alex Grossman, UCLA Emergency Medical Resident

Along with hundreds of doctors, nurses, students and other healthcare providers; gun owners and non gun owners; Democrats, Republicans and Independents.

Why are we doing this?

Last year close to 40,000 Americans, including more than 3000 children, died from firearms injuries.

These deaths don’t happen at random. We know we can prevent gun injuries through public health research and action. Lobbyists and special interest groups in Washington are pressuring lawmakers to quash bills supporting research to protect our patients from preventable injury and death.

Medical Students Take a Stand to Stop the Bleed

April, 2019 — Will Dewispelaere, University of Colorado School of Medicine

This February medical students in Scrubs Addressing the Firearms Epidemic (SAFE) chapters across the country met with local Stop the Bleed educators to learn proper bleeding control techniques. These meetings took place as many students push for integration of bleeding control teaching into introductory medical school courses.