Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday 11/12 Call to Action

Monday 11/12

Thank you to the veterans who have bravely served our country. We honor you. #neverforget

Last week the American College of Physicians published a paper about reducing firearm injuries and death. On cue the NRA tweeted, “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves.” 
A couple of days later, the Centers for Disease Control published new data indicating that the death toll from gun violence in our nation continues to rise. As the NRA demanded that we doctors stay in our lane, we awoke to learn of the 307th mass shooting in 2018 with another 12 innocent lives lost to an entirely preventable cause of death — gun violence.
Every medical professional practicing in the United States has seen enough gun violence firsthand to deeply understand the toll that this public health epidemic is taking on our children, families, and entire communities.
It is long past time for us to acknowledge the epidemic is real, devastating, and has root causes that can be addressed to assuage the damage. We must all come together to find meaningful solutions to this very American problem.”
Many in the medical profession are tweeting back at the NRA for the senseless tweet. You can see some of their responses in this article. Beware, some of the images are graphic.
The Thousand Oaks shooter used a high-capacity magazine that, in 2016, California voters banned anyone in the state from possessing, but implementation of the law has been blocked by a lawsuit brought by the NRA and other gun rights advocates.”
When our newly elected officials take office in January, let’s make sure we make sensible gun laws a priority. 

California is battling a deadly wildfire and the current leader of this country has attacked and threatened to withhold aid. “The current fire siege is a tragic showcase of how multiple trends can combine to a deadly result, with climate change serving as a threat multiplier. The crisis is far from over, and depending on how the Santa Ana winds get on Sunday through Monday, the situation may yet worsen in some areas.” Let’s let our MOC know that California deserves federal aid, despite what Trump tweets.

If you’ve been wondering about ways you can help with making sure every vote gets counted in Georgia, check this out.

Come January when Democrats are in the majority, let’s make them fight for us. “Rep. Jerry Nadler, the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Sunday promised that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker would be the first witness newly empowered Democrats call to testify when they take control in January.” 

I’m ending on a good note, because we need to relish in some of the amazing things that have happened with the midterm. High fives Minnesota!!
 Peggy Flanagan becomes the highest ranking indigenous woman ever elected in Minnesota with her win as lieutenant governor.”

Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-

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