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.