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Gun violence: the state of the nation

Date: Jan 31 2023

Contact: Media Relations

Statement from APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD

 “With 51 mass shootings in January, averaging more than 1.6 per day, the first month of 2023 has been disheartening. More than 200 people have been injured and 85 people have already died in mass shootings this year.

When will we say enough and do something to end this tragedy?

We grieve with the families of those impacted by these horrific events and everyone affected by gun violence, but that’s not enough. We need to do more. We need to implement change now.

Gun violence is preventable. APHA has a history of advocating for actions to protect our children, families, friends and communities from the pain and suffering caused by gun violence. Join our call for commonsense solutions to address gun violence, including universal background checks and increased funding for gun violence prevention research.

Let’s stop this emerging epidemic in its tracks. Survivors, victims, their families and all communities impacted by gun violence deserve it.”

Visit APHA’s website for resources addressing gun violence prevention.


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