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ASPPH Calls on Congress to Address Firearm Injuries and Fatalities

On November 21, ASPPH and 32 other organizations wrote to all members of Congress (House letter and Senate letter) urging them “to find a bipartisan path forward for comprehensive legislative solutions to firearm-related injuries and fatalities.” Reviewing recent mass shooting tragedies, the groups said “Policymakers have an opportunity to respond to this public health challenge with bipartisan solutions that reduce injuries and fatalities associated with firearms. Federal policy should address gun violence with the same dedication applied to other successful public health initiatives over the past 25 years, such as immunizations, public sanitation, and motor vehicle safety. Reducing injury and mortality through research and evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies has been proven to improve health, safety, and life expectancy.”

The letter urges the 535 members of the House and Senate “…to enact commonsense solutions that address the public health threat of firearm-related injuries and fatalities. Our organizations stand ready to work with you to support that critical effort.”

The letter was organized by the American Academy of Pediatrics. ASPPH earlier wrote Congress urging that it fund gun violence research and remove legislative language that has been interpreted as prohibiting the funding of such research.