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ANA Chief Calls for Stricter Gun Laws

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

"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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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.