Physicians like me see the trauma caused by our weak gun safety laws every day.
In 2012, weeks after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, I founded a group, Doctors Against Gun Violence, while I was doing my residency at Tulane Hospital in New Orleans. Along with fellow physicians, I crisscrossed the state of Louisiana providing a louder voice to promote evidence-based research in a campaign for common-sense gun safety laws.
Fund gun violence research.
After decades of the NRA placating gun manufacturers and bullying our elected officials to turn a blind eye, Congress is finally taking action to understand our gun violence crisis. However, the Senate is now blocking $50 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health to study gun violence. The Senate should fund these efforts immediately.
Congress should implement these changes immediately:
Pass Universal Background Checks. No person should be able to purchase a deadly firearm from another person without first passing a background check that ensures they don’t have a criminal history, or a history of violence against themselves or others, that prohibits them from owning a gun.
Support Extreme Risk Protection Orders. Allow physicians and family members to report individuals – who are a risk to themselves or others – to law enforcement and allow law enforcement to temporarily revoke access to firearms with the order of a judge.
Ban Assault Weapons and Large-Capacity Magazines. No civilian should have a weapon of war for personal use. Congress should ban the purchase of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. Congress should also take steps to regulate the estimated 15 million assault weapons that are already in circulation, including establishing voluntary buy-back programs.
Close the Partner and Stalker Loopholes. Congress should expand the list of persons prohibited from purchasing a firearm to include individuals with a history of domestic violence and stalking.
End Gun Industry Immunity. Treat the gun industry just like any other and allow victims of gun violence to seek civil compensation from irresponsible gun manufacturers. Congress should close this NRA favored loophole in our civil justice system.
WHERE PRITESH TALKS ABOUT THIS:
WGNO (New Orleans):
Candlelight Vigil at City Hall For Victims of Gun Violence
Center for American Progress Action Fund:
ADVISORY: Dr. Pritesh Gandhi to Discuss the Link Between Weak Gun Laws and Gun Violence in Louisiana
Louisiana Community United Against Gun Violence event in Baton Rouge:
Pritesh Gandhi on the need to bring sanity to gun sales
Fox 8 Live (New Orleans):
Dealers, doctors discuss mental health and gun checks
OTHER KEY ISSUES:
In the weeks and months to come, I will publish more pages with my thoughts on a range of policy topics – from foreign policy, to equality, to our climate, to ethics in government.