ANA Chief Calls for Stricter Gun Laws
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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