The news of the events at the Orlando Pulse Night Club is a reminder of our mission. In what President Obama has described as an act of terror and hate, we are reminded that these acts of senseless violence continue to impact minority communities. Gun violence is more than an issue that can be left to legislators, it is truly a public health issue, cutting years off of precious lives.
In 2001, the Student National Medical Association adopted a position against gun violence in hopes of encouraging our participation, as an organization, in initiatives to begin to solve this issue. This concern remains today, even now as we continue to lose innocent people to gun violence. Doing our part to fight this health disparity, we have signed a petition in collaboration with over 100 other organizations to end the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ban on gun violence research. Further, we are dedicating October, our Month of Service, to efforts of preventing violence in the communities that we serve.
As we mourn the loss of 49 innocent people and support the 53 wounded, the Student National Medical Association extends our deepest condolences to the all of those affected by this tragedy. Our hearts and thoughts are with you.
Yours in SNMA,
Christen D. Johnson
Student National Medical Association