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ANA Chief Calls for Stricter Gun Laws

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, 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.

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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.