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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Shooting Tragedies Will Hopefully End Soon - No Excuse for Inaction

By December 16, 2012

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In his speech in Newtown tonight, President Obama reminded everyone to something that many of us have long known, that between mass shootings, "there have been an endless series of deadly shootings across the country, almost daily reports of victims, many of them children, in small towns and in big cities all across America."

These are the everyday victims of unintentional shootings, with children using an unsecured, loaded gun that they find in their home, etc., and the many more children and teens who are murdered each day. In fact, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence states that in 2011, 2,966 kids died from gun violence, including 2,037 children and teens who were murdered and 748 kids who killed themselves with a gun. That is about 8 children and teens who died from gun violence every day.

And in stating that "we can't tolerate this anymore" and that "these tragedies must end," he had a simple answer for those who would try to stop the efforts to end gun violence:

"We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society, but that can't be an excuse for inaction. Surely we can do better than this."

Let's honor the victims of Newtown and other shootings by joining President Obama in his efforts "aimed at preventing more tragedies."

What will you do to help prevent more tragedies?

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