Gun Violence Prevention
Workshop on Gun Violence Prevention
The workshop will include a 45-minute panel discussion on topics such as “gun violence as a public health issue," “how to talk to patients and family about guns in the home” and “how to be an advocate on gun safety in the community.” The panel will also review gun legislation at the Capitol. The second-half of the event will include table discussions in which attendees will have the opportunity to discuss how to talk to legislators about gun violence, the value of physicians sharing their stories and the importance of demonstrating why physician advocacy on this issue is for patients and the community.
Registration is now open
- Thursday, Jan. 31
- 5 to 8 p.m. (5-6 p.m. registration/networking and 6-8 p.m. program)
- InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront hotel (11 Kellogg Boulevard East)
- Carolyn McClain, MD, Emergency Physicians Professional Association
- Sen. Matt Klein, MD (Mendota Heights)
- Marizen Ramirez, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
- Table Discussions
- Topic 1- How to talk to legislators about gun violence prevention
- Topic 2- Importance of physician advocacy
- Topic 3- How to discuss gun violence prevention with your patients
- Topic 4- Know the signs: How can physicians prevent gun violence?
- Topic 5- Debunking myths about gun violence and mental health
MMA Statement on Gun Violence (released March 2018)
“Gun violence and firearm-related accidents kill more than 30,000 Americans each year. In Minnesota, there were more than 400 firearm-related deaths in 2016. The recent and relentless mass shootings, as well as the daily toll associated with gun violence and accidents, demand a response.
The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) considers gun violence a public health crisis and calls on policymakers at the state and national levels to step up and protect our health and safety. The MMA supports common-sense changes to gun laws that will promote safe and responsible gun ownership, including criminal background checks on all purchases and transfers/exchanges of firearms; enforcement of laws that will hold sellers accountable when they sell firearms to prohibited purchasers; investment in improved data collection, analysis, and research on firearm injury prevention; and, a renewal and strengthening of the assault weapons ban, including banning high-capacity magazines.
The MMA also renews its call for improved access to and coverage of comprehensive mental health services. Most individuals with mental illness are not violent. It is important, however, to encourage and support the identification of individuals at risk for violence or self-harm. Physicians and other health care providers also have a responsibility to talk to patients about responsible firearm ownership and safe storage in the home.
Few threats to our health and safety can be eliminated, but failure to intervene in the face of this significant epidemic is not an option.”