ANA Chief Calls for Stricter Gun Laws

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, January 15, 2013

It's hard to fathom that the devastating massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, was a month ago. On one hand, the horror of the event feels fresh, the wound still gaping and unhealed.

On the other hand, our short attention spans and the media's 24-hour news cycle have made other events, from the fiscal cliff debate to the NHL lockout, claim center stage.

Will Newtown fade from the public's memory? Will the issues and debates surrounding that day and its aftermath get drowned out by whatever else is grabbing our attention at the moment?

There's one group that's determined to ensure that the answer to that question is a loud, resounding "no." That group is nurses.

"This is a conversation that needs to continue," ANA president Karen Daley told me over the phone last week. She pledged that nursing groups will continue to tackle gun control head on, both now and in the coming months. "Nurses across the country understand the toll of this public health issue."

In the days following the Newtown shooting, the ANA and 34 other nursing organizations across the country sent a joint letter to President Obama, congressional leaders, and leaders of the National Governors Association and The United States Conference of Mayors.

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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