Meeting Report

 January 17, 2016

Bill Durston
Preventing Gun Violence in the USA

Bill Durston, MD is the president of the Sacramento chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and an advocate of gun control in the United States. Fifteen of us were treated to his fact-filled PowerPointŪ presentation, which provided a strong argument for sensible action toward solving the problem of gun violence in our country.

Did you know, for instance, that the number of gun-related deaths in the US is now approximately the same—over 30,000 per year—as the number of automobile fatalities? Or that Congress forbade the Centers for Disease Control from conducting research on gun violence as a public health issue? Or that, unlike virtually every other manufacturer and retailer in the country, the gun business is protected from lawsuits resulting from harm caused by their products?

Dr. Durston is supremely qualified to speak on these matters because he has practiced emergency medicine for more than thirty years. He has, in that capacity, treated untold numbers of gunshot victims and is adamant that we must take action to reduce the incidence of this carnage. What can we do? Well, for a start, we can begin to hold our politicians to account.

We can also raise our voices in opposition to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the gun lobby that holds Congress hostage to its aims. This would be a good first step toward pulling off what Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) did about attitudes toward DUI, the anti-smoking movement did about cigarette advertising, and of course what the Gay-Rights Movement did for LGBT rights.

Check out Sacramento PSR and in particular their November 2015 Press Release for more about PSR and its activities.

Thank you very much, Bill Durston, for your excellent presentation as well as your work on behalf of sane gun control in our country. You are much appreciated.

Report prepared by Roger Zabkie 

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