NMA Expresses Outrage and Will Not Allow for the Normalization of Gun Violence in the U.S.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Another Seven People Killed in a Mass Shooting Incident in Texas
Seven people were killed and 22 injured in a mass shooting between Midland and Odessa, TX on August 31, 2019. It is reported that a semi-automatic rifle was used to kill and injure innocent civilians and law enforcement personnel. Among the injured was a 17-month-old infant.
We consider gun violence and violence prevention a public health crisis that demands a multifaceted approach to stem the tide of violence that is terrorizing our country. As physicians that serve at-risk communities and communities of color, we will not sit by and watch our nation continue to suffer from the disease of gun violence. Enough is enough!
The National Medical Association (NMA) calls on the United States Senate to pass, and President Donald Trump to sign, into law HR-8, which expands background checks, and HR-674, which authorizes the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to conduct or support research on firearm safety and gun violence prevention. The NMA also calls on the federal government to immediately convene a bipartisan commission to evaluate immediate steps to reduce and eventually eliminate gun violence, utilizing a public health approach. We understand that these specific actions will not in and of themselves end the violence, however we must start somewhere, and these two bills are a sensible way to begin to stop these unnecessary deaths from continuing to rise.
The NMA, the oldest and largest professional organization for minority physicians in America, is the collective voice of African American physicians and the leading force for parity and justice in medicine, and the elimination of disparities in health.
If the time for action is not now, then when? If we do not act, then who will?