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STATEMENT: Doctors Applaud President Obama’s Gun Violence Prevention Plan and Ask Congress to Act


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For Immediate Release
January 16, 2013

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Nina Agrawal, MD
nina.agrawal@drsforamerica.org917-796-8943

Washington, D.C. — Today, Dr. Alice Chen, practicing physician and Executive Director of Doctors for America, had the following reaction to President Obama’s Gun Violence Prevention Plan:

“As doctors and other health professionals who see far too many people injured and killed by gun violence, we applaud President Obama’s gun violence prevention plan. This is an important first step in addressing this public health crisis that kills or injures 100,000 Americans every year.  We call upon Congress to take action on these issues immediately. 

We see the stories all too often. A caring nurse in Massachusetts is killed by a stray bullet on her way home.  A beloved uncle is robbed at gunpoint and killed in Texas.  A child is accidentally shot by another child and spends the next seven years learning how to walk again. A family in Nebraska gets a terrible call that a son took his life with an unsecured gun in the house. 

The President’s plan includes many components of what we presented at Vice President Biden’s meeting with health care professionals two weeks ago – including stronger gun laws, making sure doctors can counsel patients about gun safety, and tracking data on gun-related deaths and injuries just like any other public health issue.

We cannot afford another national tragedy like Sandy Hook, nor can we ignore the thousands of lives that are lost each year due to our inaction."

To speak with Dr. Alice Chen or one of our 4000 doctors, nurses, and other health professionals who signed our petition on gun violence, please contact Dr. Nina Agrawal at nina.agrawal@drsforamerica.org or 917-796-8943.

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