MMA Lends Support to Gun Control Letter to President, Congress
[MMA News Now, Jan. 10, 2013] The MMA has signed on to letters written by the AMA regarding the Connecticut shootings that were sent to President Obama and Congressional leadership on Jan. 8.
The letters specifically asks that we all work to reduce the epidemic of gun violence and urges a stronger commitment to, and more resources for, comprehensive mental health services. It calls for “renewing and strengthening the assault weapons ban, including banning high-capacity magazines.” The MMA’s executive committee reviewed the letter and decided it was important to join the AMA on this issue and sign on to the letter.
Twenty-four other states plus the District of Columbia’s medical associations also signed the letters.
“As physicians, we see first-hand the devastating consequences of gun violence to victims and their families,” said the letter penned by the AMA. “We offer our experience and expertise in finding workable, common sense solutions to reduce the epidemic of gun violence—indeed the overall culture of violence—in America. We also urge the nation to strengthen its commitment and resources to comprehensive access to mental health services, including screening, prevention and treatment.”
In the wake of the Newtown shooting, several physician groups have spoken out regarding an assault weapon ban. These groups include the American College of Physicians, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The groups, and others, also lent their name to the AMA letters.