To Members of Congress,
Gun violence is a public health emergency that has devastated too many families in America – and we urge our members of Congress to end years of inaction and implement common sense gun safety measures that can help save lives.
As physicians, we commit our lives to helping others, promoting wellbeing and protecting health. We took an oath to prevent harm – and that includes speaking up when our patients face threats to their health and their lives. Each year, guns kill nearly 40,000 Americans and wound approximately 85,000 more. Horrifyingly, guns were the nation’s leading cause of death among children in 2020.
In light of the real and sustained threat of gun injuries and deaths to our patients, including children, as well as to our fellow health care professionals like those in Tulsa, we are united in calling on lawmakers to enact gun safety protections without delay. Continued inaction is unacceptable. We cannot do nothing in the face of so much death and suffering.
America’s leaders must reevaluate federal laws that expose more people to potential gun injuries and death, and pass sensible gun laws that reduce easy access to highly dangerous weapons. These should be founded on research showing their effectiveness, and may include licensing processes, bans on large-capacity magazine sales, prohibitions on firearms for high-risk groups, stronger background checks, and more.
Congress should take the additional step of supporting more research into gun violence and the efficacy of prevention measures.
America cannot afford to continue this deadly status quo. The violent deaths of four Americans at a Tulsa medical facility, and the killings of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde are the most recent of seemingly countless mass shootings in our country.
Physicians will continue to speak up for the care of our patients and the health, safety and wellbeing of our communities. The American Medical Association calls gun violence a “public health crisis” and we agree. Our response – and we must respond – should be evidence-based, research-driven and robust.
As medical professionals, we tell our patients that the best treatment is prevention. We urge Congress to take meaningful steps to prevent gun violence in the United States and help physicians and health professionals protect and save lives.
Rob Davidson, MD, MPH + Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Health Care; Emergency Medicine (Spring Lake, MI)
Kristen Nordenholz, MD, MSc + CO State Lead for the Committee to Protect Health Care; Emergency Medicine (Denver, CO)
Caitlin Ahern, MD; Family Medicine (Akron, CO)
Linda Barbour, MD; Endocrinology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine (Golden, CO)
Amelia Barrett, MD; Neurology (Aurora, CO)
Brenda Brokamp, RN; Case Management (Grand Junction, CO)
Vaughn Browne, MD, PhD; Emergency Medicine (Aurora, CO)
Lynn Cassidy, CNA; Geriatric Medicine (Denver, CO)
Mary Clary, RN; Research (Fort Collins, CO)
Eileen Clayton, RN; Retired Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Medicine (Wheat Ridge, CO)
Lauren Courtway, RN; Pediatrics (Denver, CO)
Maureen Davis, NP; Psychiatry (Denver, CO)
Amy Denero, RN; Newborn, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Broomfield, CO)
Steven Fabian, MD; Nephrology (Denver, CO)
Lesley Fuller, LPN; Mental Health (Denver, CO)
Jason Green, DO; Emergency Medicine (Fort Collins, CO)
Theresa Grover, MD; Pediatrics (Denver, CO)
Gay Hasle, RN; Quality (Woodland Park, CO)
Peter Hession, MD; Anesthesiology (Littleton, CO)
Kayla Hooper, RN; Emergency Medicine (Littleton, CO)
Juliette James, RN; Post Anesthesia Care Unit (Denver, CO)
Betsy Kastak, RN, DNP, PNP; Pediatrics (Durango, CO)
Cathie Kearns, RN; Rehab, Traumatic Brain Injury (Denver, CO)
Jeffrey Kerr-Layton, MD; Obstetrics & Gynecology (Boulder, CO)
Helen Kilzer, MD; Internal Medicine (Fort Collins, CO)
Lisa Kiser, CNM, WHNP; Women’s Health (Tucson, CO)
Sarah Knaisch, RNC-OB, BSN; Labor & Delivery (Longmont, CO)
Monroe Levine, MD; Orthopedic Surgery (Thornton, CO)
Anthony Lopez, RN; Retired Medicine (Grand Junction, CO)
Natalie Mash, RN; Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Greeley, CO)
Jason Morgan, RN; Surgery (Colorado Springs, CO)
Uzoma Nduka, PhD; Epidemiology (Aurora, CO)
Alene Nitzky, RN; Oncology (Fort Collins, CO)
Michelle L Norris, RN, CCRN-K; Intensive Care Unit, Pre/Post Sedation (Denver, CO)
Katherine Ochoa, MD; Internal Medicine (Denver, CO)
Eric Parker, RN; Flight Medicine (Durango, CO)
Renee Pazdan, MD; Neurology (Colorado Springs, CO)
Anna Pedersen, RN; Home Health Care (Cortez, CO)
Kurt Peters, MD; Psychiatry (Colorado Springs, CO)
Kristin Pullen, LCSW; School Social Work, Mental Health (Lakewood, CO)
Donna Roberts, RN, AGNP-C; Geriatrics (Wray, CO)
Kimberly Scadden, LPN; Hospice (Centennial, CO)
Sarah Schwenk, RN, APRN; Psychiatry (Aurora, CO)
Cheryl Scrivner, RN; Interventional Radiology (Denver, CO)
Syreeta Spears, APN, PMHNP-BC; Psychiatry (Northglenn, CO)
Beth Strimpel, RN; Public Health (Aurora, CO)
Andrew Stutheit, RN, BSN; Intensive Care Unit (Littleton, CO)
Leslie Stutheit, CNA; Dialysis (Littleton, CO)
Adrian Tarin, RN; Critical Care (Greeley, CO)
Floyd Taub, MD; Pathology (Golden, CO)
Glese Verlander, MD, JD; Psychiatry (Dillon, CO)
Robert Walton, RN; Nursing (Fort Collins, CO)
Jonathan Ward, MD; Cardiology (Boulder, CO)