"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."
-Former ANA President Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
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.
For decades, ANA has called on Congress to enact sensible legislation aimed at reducing gun violence. In the wake of multiple mass shootings that have taken place across the country, ANA, representing the voices of more than 4.2 million registered nurses nationwide, renewed its call to action by urging lawmakers to immediately repeal restrictions prohibiting the CDC from studying gun violence. Following the inclusion of this language in the most recent omnibus bill, we're calling on Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to direct the CDC to begin this research immediately.
ANA also supported passage in the 116th Congress of HR 8, a bipartisan, common sense bill to make background checks universal.