USA Today published open letter to the NRA, authored by AFFIRM physicians and colleagues on behalf of the US healthcare community. We are grateful for the opportunity to demonstrate physicians’ commitment to ending the epidemic of gun violence in America, and demonstrates our desire to include all stakeholders in the conversation.
“We invite the NRA to collaborate with us to find workable, effective strategies to diminish the death toll from suicide, homicide, domestic violence and unintentional shootings for the thousands of Americans who will one day find themselves on the wrong side of a barrel of a gun”
The American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM Research) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation comprised of healthcare professionals and researchers working together to find lasting solutions to curb the epidemic of firearm injury occurring across the United States. Our funding goes directly to research that will inform protocols for everyone working on the frontlines of healthcare, innovate sophisticated solutions to engage and connect our network to other first responders and stakeholders, and create education and information for healthcare professionals and the public.
AFFIRM was founded and is led by healthcare providers who are dedicated to ending the American epidemic of gun violence through research that fills critical knowledge gaps, changes the way we address violence prevention, and leads to meaningful change. Our coalition includes all of our nation’s major medical organizations. The AFFIRM network represents the collective will of medicine. We stand ready to put in place evidence-based solutions that will end this epidemic.
AFFIRM creates an opportunity for every American to invest in solutions to the firearm injury epidemic, and to directly support the professionals who design, implement, and evaluate the public health approach. The work we do together will be the legacy of our generation – and will safeguard and protect all generations to come.