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ANA Chief Calls for Stricter Gun Laws

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, January 15, 2013

The groups called on policymakers to restore access to mental health services for individuals and families; to increase students' access to nurses and mental health professionals from the elementary school level through college; and to ban assault weapons and enact other meaningful gun control reforms.

According to Daley, the issue of gun control isn't necessarily a political one.

"This is a public health issue," she says. "This is a safety issue for families."

She says nurses regularly counsel patients about everything from the importance of wearing seatbelts and sunscreen to quitting smoking. Moreover, nursing groups often weigh in on issues that affect the health of our society.

"Gun violence cannot fall outside that," she says.

The call to action is two-fold, addressing both access to mental health services and guns. As funding for mental health services has undergone dramatic cuts, guns have become easier than ever to get.

Not surprisingly, gun violence is up, too. Last year was a particularly deadly one. By the Washington Post's count, there were 14 mass shootings in the United States in 2012, including two of the worst the country has ever seen.

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34 comments on "ANA Chief Calls for Stricter Gun Laws"


Tyler D. (2/10/2013 at 9:02 PM)
Consider Mexico which currently has extreem gun control laws in place for many years now. Why do they have the second highest gun murder rate in the world? What about South Africa which also has virtually outlawed guns and also suffers from outrageous levels of gun violence. Too far from home you say? How about middle america and the wonderful city of Chicago. Some of the most restrictive laws on the books and yet how many are murdered on an average weekend? ANA keep on spouting nonsense about gun control. Oh yeah, the rifles and pistols used by the Germans during WW2 were not even the "evil" assault rifles as defined by current proposed legislation. Get the facts and perhaps you will be able to exercise your critical thinking skills. Or, just mindlessly yell "ban all guns" and comfort yourself with your own delusion. Emotional arguments and some of the non-critical thinking statements on this thread remind me of the people who are convinced that all Vaccines are bad and should be shunned regardless of the cost.

Peter M Abraham (2/5/2013 at 11:42 AM)
Good day: U.S. Civilians cannot buy assault weapons as it stands now. The media misreported that Adam used an AR-15 (AR in AR-15 stands for Armalite); that specific weapon (which is not an assault weapon, it is a civilian rifle) was in the trunk. The 2nd amendment is for self defense and protection against tyranny. While the events at Sandy Hook, Columbine (btw, all mass shootings occurred at gun free zones) are horrendous, those events should not be used to abuse the 2nd amendment in any way. The 2nd amendment includes the words, "shall not be infringed." Reducing the bullets one can use to defend oneself when the criminal will find a way to circumvent such laws only hurts us. In the U.S. alone, 3,500 babies are aborted every day. Planned Parenthood published a 2012 (this is public) annual report where you can read they abort 94 babies every second. Those of you who don't believe in the 2nd amendment or who don't understand the words "shall not be infringed") who want to make a great impact on saving the lives of children, work towards stopping abortion. Thank you.

Sue (1/29/2013 at 9:00 PM)
We need a Moratorium On Bullets! Outlaw the production and sale of assault weapons and ammunition.