The National Physicians Alliance (NPA)—an organization representing physicians across medical specialties—has taken a strong stance against domestic violence and guns, which it made clear in a July 31st letter sent to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.
The letter came just one day after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing regarding two proposed bills—The Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act and The Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act—which, if passed, will close the current loopholes that allow certain convicted domestic abusers to purchase and possess guns.
In his letter, NPA President Dr. Jim Scott expressed support for the two bills, proposed by Senators Amy Klobuchar and Richard Blumenthal respectively. Scott also highlighted some of the specific commonsense policy changes that he believes the Senate must adopt. “Protecting victims of domestic violence and stalking from gun violence by their intimate partners—regardless of their marital status—and restricting their abusers’ access to firearms are critically necessary steps,” Scott wrote. “As are requiring provisions of all records of prohibited abusers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and a background check on all gun sales.”
Dr. Scott also explained that domestic abuse has hit close to home for him along with all doctors who care deeply about the wellbeing of their patients. “As physicians, we see the impact of domestic violence on our patients and their families. We treat the wounds and bruises and work to help victims heal,” Scott wrote. “But when firearms are part of the picture there is all too often little we can do but help families and communities grieve.”
The verdict on this issue is out: our laws endanger women and we must restrict all domestic abusers from owning guns. The National Physicians Alliance is just the latest voice of reason to agree that this dire situation must end.
Read the NPA’s full letter to the United States Senate here.