JJ casts alone today, talking about elections, anniversaries, and #thisisourlane, in this, a weekly wrap up on gun violence and gun violence prevention for the week of November 2nd to November 8th.
Today in this wrap-up, you'll learn about:
- why the Virginia election matters so much;
- what a a special session of the Virginia legislature means;
- the Fort Hood shooting;
- The Thousand Oaks shooting;
- the Sutherland Springs shooting; and
- the #thisisourlane campaign.
JJ also gives some truly terrifying facts about the CDC, how gun violence is studied in the US, and why health care professionals are so vital to fighting the epidemic of gun violence.
Some of the links mentioned in this episode :
“Brady Celebrates Virginia Election Results.”
“Ahead of Virginia Special Session, Brady Urges Floor Vote on Gun...”
“Brady Campaign on Thousand Oaks Shooting.”
“Gun Violence Is a Public Health Crisis: 5 Things The Public Needs to...”
Minisode 5: Virginia elections--why did they matter? What do they mean? Will JP ever return?!
Episode 7: Chris Hurst on being a survivor, a politician, and why Virginia elections matter
Minisode 4: Kris Brown and Kelly Sampson on toy guns, dangerous fakes, and Easy-bake Ovens
Episode 6: Andy Parker on the confluence of guns and Google
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to red, blue and Brady, the one stop shop or you know, podcast for all your gun violence prevention news needs. This week we saw a hopeful election and we remembered multiple tragedies. So let's start off in Virginia. This past summer, shortly after 12 people were killed in a mass shooting in Virginia Beach. More than 30 bills were filed by Virginia lawmakers to address the issue of gun violence. Governor Ralph Northam called a special session for the legislature to debate the issue, but legislative leaders refused to hear a single one ending the special session and Amir 90 minutes and made a lot of people angry, especially Virginians, it seems now earlier this summer, a Washington post poll found gun policy was the top issue in the state of Virginia for 75% of respondents beating out issues like education, healthcare, energy, and even the economy. Well, the election happened and despite it being nearly three decades since Democrats controlled the Virginia state Senate house of delegates and the governor's mansion in Virginia all at the same time, now they do and so does the gun violence prevention majority.
Now what does this mean? Not just for Virginia but for America? I'm going to quote Chris Brown here. It proves that candidates can run on a platform of gun violence prevention and in 2020 voters will be going to the polls looking for leaders who will address the gun violence epidemic in America, campaigns from both parties and throughout all parts of the state. Campaigned on common sense gun violence prevention policies like expanding background checks. Clearly that strategy worked and gun violence prevention champions one this when came just as we remembered the anniversaries of three tragic mass shootings that shook the nation 10 years ago. On November 5th, 2009 13 people were killed and more than 30 were injured in a mass shooting at Fort hood. It was the deadliest mass shooting on an American military base. On the same day, eight years later, another mass shooting killed 26 people and wounded 20 at the first Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and on November 7th, 2018 12 people were killed and 12 others were injured in a mass shooting at the borderline bar and grill in thousand Oaks, California.
Every day in the United States we have another mass shooting. They made not all make national headlines, but so far this year the gun violence archive reports 358 have happened now, or a reminder, we only have 56 days left in 2019 how much more violence will those days bring? How many more people are we going to lose? This week marks another anniversary, a different kind of anniversary and one where we honor those on the front lines who deal with the effects of gun violence every day. This week is the anniversary of the, this is our lane campaign. The campaign was kicked off by medical professionals responding to a tweet from the national rifle association, the NRA, which read someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane and then went on to criticize the American college of physicians and its public health approach to reducing deaths and injuries from firearms like so many things do.
This then turned into a war on Twitter. More health professionals weighed in often using the hashtag. This is our lane one, a forensic pathologist, Judy Melnick said, do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly? This isn't just my lane, it's my effing highway. That tweet, of course went viral. Now today I'm going to remind you all out there. Afford not so fun facts. Remember you clicked on the gun violence prevention podcast. It's rare that I have fun facts to give you. So one. The center for disease control the CDC as our nation's top agency to research public health issues, yet for years, the one area that has not received funding or attention is gun violence. Despite the fact that more people are killed and injured by gun violence than many of the issues studied by the CDC too. Medical professionals are supposed to advise patients of anything that threatens their health and safety, but the corporate gun lobby has pushed for state laws restricting them from talking about guns with their patients.
In 2011 Florida officials pass the firearm owner's protection act, which stated that doctors could be censored, find and have their licenses to practice medicine revoked if the Florida board of medicine found the violated the law. Now after Brady brought a lawsuit against the so-called docks versus Glocks law, the bill was struck down by the 11th circuit court of appeals as being unconstitutional. Three well, some researchers have disputed basic facts about gun storage and the connection between guns, gun violence, and public health. Their work has been quote largely discredited and quote with the results dismissed as being frequently debunked. And finally for in January as the a hundred and 16th Congress was sworn in, Brady released a comprehensive approach to gun violence prevention, including fully funding the CDC at a minimum of $15 million to allow research into gun violence over the next five years. Check out our toy guns podcast for more information on that, but come on, let's fund this really important work we can't afford to lose anybody else. Let's have the next anniversary we celebrate, be the anniversary of ending gun violence in America.
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