"The time to unite and take action is now. Together we can halt the growing list of victims. We can stop the madness by forging solutions that address the myriad issues that promote cycles of violence. We must raise our voices to join with members of our communities and at every level of civil society in dialogue and action, to address the underlying issues that result in hate and motivate unspeakable acts of violence."
-ANA President Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
For decades, ANA has called on Congress to enact sensible legislation aimed at reducing gun violence.
In the wake of the Pulse shooting in Orlando in June 2016, ANA, representing the voices of more than 3.6 million registered nurses nationwide, renewed its call to action by urging lawmakers to immediately repeal restrictions prohibiting the CDC from studying gun violence.
At an alarming rate, registered nurses and other health professionals, in emergency departments, hospitals and clinics across the country, are being called upon to care for victims of mass shootings, homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings.
As the largest single group of health care professionals, nurses are increasingly caring for those victimized by gun violence and those forced to confront the physical and emotional consequences of these senseless acts.