DOCTORS ‘IN THEIR LANE’ SAVING LIVES
The Coalition Against Gun Violence will hold its 24th Anniversary Celebration/Fundraiser on Sunday, September 29, at the historic Santa Barbara Club, 1135 Chapala Street from 2:30 until 5:30 pm. We will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, food theme tables, wine and no-host bar, plus beverages and dessert.
CAGV’s 24th Anniversary DOCTORS ‘IN THEIR LANE’ SAVING LIVES will honor members of the medical profession who are witnesses and first responders to situations involving injuries or deaths by firearms. As members of the medical profession they have taken an oath “First Do No Harm” and uphold a special responsibility to advise their patients and the public concerning health and safety issues including the prevention of firearm-related injuries.
CAGV’s 24th Anniversary featured speakers of the Santa Barbara medical community: Dr. Jason Prystowsky, (Emergency Medicine), Dr. Robert Kanard (Chief of Pediatric Surgery), and Dr. Sara Nimmons (Pediatrician at Sansum Clinic).
Our theme honoring local doctors saving lives, is inspired by a November 2018 Position Paper from the American College of Physicians (ACP) “Reducing Firearm Injuries and Deaths in the United States”, to which the National Rifle Association (NRA) tweeted the medical profession, “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane,” disparaging the ACP for promoting an array of gun- violence prevention regulations.
For more than 20 years, the ACP has advocated for the need to address firearm-related injuries and deaths in the United States. Yet, firearm violence continues to be a public health crisis that requires the nation’s immediate attention. Their policy recommendations build on, strengthen, and expand current ACP policies approved by the Board of Regents in April 2014, based on analysis of approaches that the evidence suggests will be effective in reducing deaths and injuries from firearm-related violence. The ACP is concerned about not only the alarming number of mass shootings in the United States but also the daily toll of firearm violence in neighborhoods, homes, workplaces, and public and private places across the country.
Doctors Jason, Robert and Sara represent the very best of the medical profession in our community. Their experiences as doctors on the front line of gun violence in Santa Barbara, saving lives and losing others are riveting, poignant and filled with pathos. Their perspective regarding the epidemic of gun violence is one, though rarely heard, must be listened to by all of us because we are all touched by gun violence.