We are deeply saddened by the events of this week and by
continuous episodes of mass shooting, and we extend our profound sympathies to the
victims, families, friends, and community members affected. However, we will
not be offering "thoughts and prayers," which has become stand-in language for
inaction against this national travesty. Instead, as we advocate in our Position
Statement on Gun Violence, we are calling for Congress to implement universal background checks and other concrete
preventative measures. We urge all members of House and Senate and officials at
the state and local level to consider the lives already lost and broken, and ones that will be lost if this rampage continues, and take action so that no child has to live in fear of being next.
ACNM also calls on Congress to repeal the 1996 legislation
that bans federal research on this true public health crisis. We stand
with our APRN colleagues, physicians, and public health providers in urging the
Congress and the President to find the resolve to bring an end to this barrage
of gun deaths.
Enough is enough. Thoughts and prayers are no longer adequate. We
must call for action now.