June 24, 2022
California Medical Association (CMA) President Robert E. Wailes, M.D., issued the following statement on the congressional passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act:
“CMA applauds Congress for passing long overdue gun reforms, and putting aside political differences to help stop the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our nation.
While these reforms are notable, this cannot be the end of the story and it will not be the end of our advocacy. But today’s passage of a bipartisan blueprint to address gun violence is a good first step in confronting the public health crisis of gun violence.
Nearly 50,000 Americans are killed every year by firearms—including innocent children in their classrooms, worshipers in their churches and recently even physicians who have dedicated their lives to healing and treating these kinds of injuries. In fact, gun violence has become so prolific in our country, it often doesn’t even make the news.
It doesn’t have to be this way. American people have shown overwhelming support for common-sense solutions to save lives, reduce gun violence and keep our children and communities safe. And the physicians of California will remain steadfast as we push for additional action and evidence-base policies to reduce the impacts of gun violence on our communities and on our patients.”