FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and all communities. We are the only organization that combines a 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Learn more at www.apha.org.