From States United to Prevent Gun Violence comes this notation:
“10 Years Since the Virginia Tech Shooting. On April 16, 2007, in one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history, 32 students and teachers died after being shot by a single gunman on the campus of Virginia Tech. Many survivors and relativies of victims have dedicated their lives to gun violence prevention. Leading up the anniversary, memorial events for the Virginia Tech community are being planned in several states.”
In 2007 after this mass shooting Andy, Angelos and I decided the physician voice needed to be stronger and searched for a method.
We began with a letter to our mayor asking him to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns. After a few months we met with him and were refused. (He would join when approached with our next effort). Discouraged we paused. Then after the Tucson shooting of Gabby Giffords in 2011 we began asking you to join us and we became a real, focused group of now 400 physicians. So we remember well those who died at Virginia Tech as well as the over 80 who die each day of gun violence in this public health crisis-disaster really- that goes on day after day in our country and that is 30 times that of Great Britain.
Remember April 16!
We can be better. Thanks for what you already do . Stay tuned for more plans for 2017.
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