National Nurses United welcomed marches Saturday, March 24 across the country, sparked by student-led protests following the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fl., that are being held to call for action to stem the escalating crisis of gun violence.
NNU members join marches scheduled in Parkland and Sarasota, Fl.,, Washington D.C., Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, Tx., Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Ca.
Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S., the American Public Health Association notes. Guns kill more than 38,000 people and cause nearly 85,000 injuries each year. Gun associated homicides are the second leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 24.
In addition to the mass shootings, and school shootings, as in Parkland, that garner particular public concern, other forms of gun violence, from suicides, to accidents involving children, to police shootings of unarmed civilians, have long term consequences for families, communities and the fabric of our society.
Among national reforms NNU said should be examined are:
- Full funding of mental health services, while stressing that most people with mental health illness are non-violent, mental health programs have been severely cut, and the central problem remains proliferation of guns, not mental health.
- Enactment of workplace violence prevention programs, such as proposed in HR 5223 by Rep. Ro Khanna, based on a CNA sponsored bill and regulations for healthcare facilities.
- Comprehensive policing reform, including improved training to emphasize de-escalation of conflict, limits on the use of deadly force, and improved racial bias training.
Common sense gun control laws, such as CNA has supported in California, focused on prevention and protection of public health and safety.
National Nurses United dio la bienvenida a las marchas de Sábado 24 de Marzo en todo el país, provocadas por protestas dirigidas por estudiantes tras los recientes tiroteos escolares en Parkland, Fl., Que se realizan para pedir acción para detener la creciente crisis de violencia armada.
Miembros de NNU se unieron a las marchas programadas en Parkland y Sarasota, Fl. ,, Washington D.C., Austin, Houston, y San Antonio, Tx., Sacramento, Los Angeles, y San Francisco, California.
La violencia con armas de fuego es una de las principales causas de muerte prematura en los EE. UU., Señala la Asociación Estadounidense de Salud Pública. Las armas matan a más de 38,000 personas y causan casi 85,000 lesiones cada año. Los homicidios relacionados con armas de fuego son la segunda causa de muerte entre los jóvenes de 15 a 24 años.