A Message from ACOG President James T. Breeden, MD
January 23, 2013
Gun Safety Has To Start Somewhere
Did you know that American women who are killed by their intimate partners are more likely to be killed with guns than by all other methods combined? That a recent study shows that access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner homicide more than five times compared to instances where there are no weapons? And that women are twice as likely to be shot and killed by intimate partners as they are to be murdered by strangers using any type of weapon?
Clearly, gun safety is an issue of great importance to our patients. It’s imperative that we talk to our patients about their safety and about gun ownership safety. And it’s imperative that we back reasonable action to help stem the tide of gun violence in America.
That is why ACOG is backing legislation introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to reinstate the assault weapons ban, the Assault Weapons Regulatory Act of 2013. This bill would ban the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of assault weapons and large capacity magazines, while protecting legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners and increasing safety requirements for gun ownership.
Will this legislation stop all gun violence in America? Of course not. But, especially after the Sandy Hook tragedy, I feel strongly, and maybe you do too, that we have to do what we can to protect our patients, our families, and innocent lives.
ACOG is joined by the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and many other physician organizations in standing up for sensible steps to help ensure the safety of our communities, and to help make sure there are no more Sandy Hooks.