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Urge your Senator to Support Sensible Firearm Regulations

A call to your Senators is more effective than a letter, but you may do either, DO IT TODAY.  The debate on gun control is happening in the Senate as soon as tomorrow and they need to hear the health perspective!

Tell them that too many people die or are maimed by guns in this country and that as a health professional you’ve been a witness to this.  Ask for their position on:

  • Banning Assault weapons: 62 mass shootings have occurred since 1982, mostly with assault weapons.
  • Supporting background checks on all gun sales even at gunshows --  Every day on average 86 people including 5 children are killed by guns.
  • Making gun trafficking a federal crime.
  • Improving access to mental health services as primary prevention!

Let your Senators know that gun violence prevention laws work.

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Talking Points:

I am calling to express full support for major gun control legislation. 

Since 1982, there have been at least 62 mass shootings in the United States, including the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Most of these mass shootings have been committed with assault weapons fed by high capacity magazines. These weapons and magazines are designed to kill the maximum number of enemy combatants in the shortest period of time. I believe that there is no legitimate civilian use for such weapons systems.

While mass shootings are a serious public health problem, they account for a small percentage of the total number of innocent civilians killed by guns in the United States. On an average day, 86 people, including five youth age 18 and under, are killed by guns in our country. We need to close the gun show loophole and require background checks on all gun purchasers to take a step toward stopping our national epidemic of firearm related deaths and injuries.

Obviously there are a lot of other measures that can reduce gun violence including funding for adequate mental health treatment.

Please be a strong supporter of gun control measures to make our children safe.