The violence must end: APHA statement on mass shooting in Southern California

Date: Nov 08 2018

Contact: Megan Lowry, 202-777-3913

Statement by APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD

Washington, D.C., November 8, 2018 – "APHA grieves for those killed and affected by last night’s shooting in Thousand Oaks, California. We condemn this act of extreme violence. APHA is grateful for the work and sacrifices of first responders who defended and treated victims of last night’s shootings, including one whose life was taken.

“It is unacceptable that preventable gun violence tragedies have become so frequent. Last night’s shooting comes just weeks after the mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue, months after the school shootings at Santa Fe High School and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and following dozens of gun violence mass casualty events this year. Gun violence requires not just our grief after a tragic event, but action now to prevent the next death or injury.

“Our lawmakers must acknowledge that gun violence is preventable. Suicide, homicide and injury by gun violence and mass shootings together represent a major threat to our nation’s health. We can and must do better. 

"APHA and the public health community call for immediate action to reduce the threat of gun violence. We also call on Congress to approve federal funding dedicated to researching gun violence prevention. Gun violence is a preventable epidemic, and it must be treated and prioritized as such.”


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