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Tell Congress to support common-sense measures to reduce gun violence

APHA continues to urge Congress to pass comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence. While the Senate failed to complete work on gun violence legislation earlier this year, it is critical that public health advocates keep up the pressure on both the Senate and the House to act to address this public health epidemic without further delay.

Gun violence is one of the leading causes of preventable death in our country, resulting in more than 30,000 deaths each year, and we must take a comprehensive public health approach to addressing this ongoing crisis. For too long we as a nation have failed to take on this devastating problem in our communities and we cannot afford to wait any longer.

Tell your senators and representative to support common-sense measures to reduce gun violence in the United States!

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Support common-sense measures to reduce gun violence

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent and American Public Health Association advocate, I write to urge you to take immediate action to address the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. Earlier this year, President Obama proposed a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence that includes a number of important recommendations made by APHA and other members of the public health and medical community. I strongly urge you to work with your colleagues in Congress to move these important proposals forward.



I strongly urge you to support common-sense measures to reduce gun violence including, but not limited to:

- Requiring and strengthening criminal background checks for all firearm purchases, including all firearms sold at gun shows and on the internet, to ensure guns do not fall into the wrong hands

- Providing adequate and unrestricted funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other scientific agencies to research the causes of gun violence and prevention strategies

- Expanding the collection and analysis of data related to gun violence and other violent deaths by increasing the funding for CDC's National Violent Death Reporting System to better understand the causes and develop appropriate interventions

- Providing resources to train parents, teachers and other community leaders to identify mental health conditions early and ensure that children are able to access appropriate treatment

- Improving school safety by implementing strategies to create safer school environments that help to prevent school violence and to ensure schools are prepared to respond to emergencies

- Reinstating and strengthening the federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity assault magazines

Thank you for your attention to my concerns and comments. I look forward to hearing your position on this critical public health issue.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

800 I Street, NW Washington, DC 20001-3710 (Ph) 202-777-APHA (Fax) 202-777-2534

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