Aug. 9, 2019
Consortium of universities in global health statement on Gun violence in the USA .
This has been a tragic month with mass murders in the United States, bombings in Afghanistan and the slaughter of dozens of inoncent people in Somalia, Syria and Nigeria. In all of these grotesque acts of terrorism, civilians are the primary victims. Our hearts go out to them and their families. Our commitment at CUGH is to continue to work with our partners around the world to build the internal capacity that will enable countries to create safe and healthy environments for their citizens.
With regard to gun violence in the United States, please see our press release included in this bulletin. It outlines five legislative measures we are asking policymakers to implement. We are also working with our student representatives in this effort and will make this an election issue. Change will happen when voters support candidates who will implement effective gun-control measures.
THE PRESS RELEASE FROM CUGH
Academia Calls on US Lawmakers to Urgently Pass Gun Control Legislation
Washington, DC- The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) is calling on US federal
legislators to urgently pass five gun safety measures to reduce the number of people killed or injured
from gun violence.
Every year 100,000 people are shot in the United States. Over 30,000 individuals die and 70,000 are
injured, many are left with a permanent disability. The cost to them and their families is incalculable.
This is a public health crisis which came to the forefront once again through the mass murder of
innocent civilians in El Paso, Texas and in Dayton, Ohio. This massive loss of life will continue until
legislation is passed to implement gun safety measures. With 4.43 deaths/100,000 people (2017) the US
has, by far, the highest level of gun violence in the developed world according to the Institute for Health
Metrics & Evaluation http://www.healthdata.org/
To reduce the CUGH is calling on legislators to pass laws that will do the following:
• Require thorough background checks on all new gun purchases including those from private sellers
• Institute a minimum 28 day waiting period from the time a background check application is made
before a person can purchase a gun.
• Reinstate the federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 (AWB 1994) that expired in 2004.
• Limit the sale and possession of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds for handguns and 5 rounds
for semi-automatic weapons.
• Ban the possession and sale of armor-piercing bullets. Only members of the military and law
enforcement are exempt.
CUGH is calling on the public to affect change by making gun control a signature issue in the 2020 federal
election. Voters can support candidates who will vote for effective gun control measures. Healthcare
workers, who see up close the devastating effects of gun violence, have a particular opportunity to inform
their patients about the importance of voting for candidates who will vote for gun safety legislation. CUGH
is calling on the global health community to stand together and support candidates who will prioritize
public safety and vote for gun control.
For further information, contact Dr. Keith Martin, Executive Director,