Doctors for America issued the following statement in response to the failure of legislation offered by Sen. Chris Murphy to expand background checks and Sen. Dianne Feinstein to make it more difficult for known suspected terrorists to purchase firearms.
Statement from Doctors for America Executive Director Dr. Alice Chen:
“Today, the Senate voted on common sense legislation to protect the public and keep guns out of the hands of people who could use them to harm others. Unfortunately, despite the growing number of gun-related tragedies happening to too many Americans and their families, the Senate voted down the Feinstein and Murphy amendments.
"Doctors and medical students across the country are disappointed but not deterred by today's vote. We will keep demanding that Congress takes action as long as we continue to be overwhelmed in emergency rooms and hospitals by the devastating injuries and 91 deaths a day from gun violence. For the talented and committed doctors in Orlando who cared for an astounding 44 patients in a single night, and for victims of gun violence across the country, we won't stop until Congress implements legislation to prevent gun violence and save lives. Those measures include lifting the effective ban on gun violence research and providing funding for this important research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We applaud Democratic leaders in the Senate for pushing for this vote and continuing to champion legislation to prevent gun violence. The U.S. House must also take action. We urge them to bring a vote on these measures to the floor this week before they leave for recess.”