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NPA Statement on Gun Violence Vote

Posted by Darden Rice, NPA Communications Director April 18, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Statement from National Physicians Alliance President, Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH:

“Today we watched the U.S. Senate cave in to pressure from NRA lobbyists—again. Many of us had hoped for better, had hoped that the lost lives of so many young children would push our Senators to act for good. As a family doctor, I routinely see families of gunshot victims, and the immense, horrific, lifetime consequences of these gunshots on victims’ mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, siblings, and partners.

Today’s vote was pitiful. A disgrace.

U. S. Senators know how to read polls. They know that the vast majority of Americans support commonsense gun safety legislation including background checks, a ban on military-style assault weapons, a ban on high capacity magazines, and increased funding for mental health. Yet they caved.

The bill that the Senate blocked by threat of filibuster had only a fraction of what Americans are asking for, but a handful of Senators shrank even from the watered down compromise before them. Those who opposed today’s bill may have earned an “A” from NRA officials, but for the American people, for doctors like me, for teachers, law enforcement officials, and for parents, they failed. Dismally.”

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