ANA Chief Calls for Stricter Gun Laws
"If that's not an epidemic..." Daley says, her voice trailing off. "Gun violence in general is potentially threatening to outnumber auto accidents in terms of morbidity."
The outrage in Daley's voice was palpable as she talked about the day of the Newtown shooting. "People have the ability to indiscriminately just kill and mow down," she said. "That we allow that kind of military-style weaponry in the public domain is just unacceptable."
Daley was among the stakeholders invited to the White House as Vice President Biden developed the gun control proposal that he'll unveil to the public and to the president this week.
On Monday, President Obama again said that he'd "vigorously pursue" the proposal's recommendations and work toward an assault weapon ban.
Daley pledged that nurses will be on the forefront of that work.
"People trust us to do the right thing. We do understand that this is about public health and safety," she says. "As a profession we have an obligation to speak up...certainly we believe that this is a critically important time and it is a tipping point."
Moreover, she says that the nursing community will "stay on top of this," even if the public's memory fades.
"We'll be staying active in this conversation as congress takes it on," she says. "ANA and other leaders within the nursing community will be front and center...if time does temper their memory of the horrific nature of this event, we'll be there to remind them."
Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.
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