The Premedical Division would like to present the next advocacy resource: a pamphlet on Gun Violence.
Gun Violence is a public health issue. Nearly every year nearly 30,000 Americans are killed by guns and 70,000 are injured. As of November 17, 2019 there have been 369 mass shootings in the U.S. That is more than the number of days in a year. Gun violence is related to which suicide, domestic violence, accidents, mass shootings, and crime. It will require a comprehensive approach to handle this issue. This includes policy changes, gun safety awareness, and appropriate measures for supporting survivors and witnesses as they recover from their experiences related to gun violence.
As aspiring healthcare professionals, we advocate for the health and safety of all individuals. Unfortunately, the leniency of our current legislation regarding the distribution of firearms is exposing people to dangerous situations and jeopardizing their health, both directly and indirectly. In addition to taking people’s lives, gun violence also often leads to grief, PTSD, anxiety, and more. We need to do better.
Check out the pamphlet to see how you can get involved. There you can find templates for contacting policy makers, and ways to help bring attention to this issue. You can also fill out this contact form if you or someone you know is a victim of gun violence.
You can find this resource on at AMWA’s Premedical Division website. Keep an eye out for more advocacy materials to come!
Link to Download Pamphlet: Gun Violence Prevention Pamphlet