Action would enable funding, develop policies to prevent gun injuries, fatalities
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of
Social Workers (NASW) expresses
its condolences to the families of the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las
Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in the nation’s history.
NASW shares the frustrations
that many Americans are experiencing after hearing the news of the
horrendous violence inflicted on people who were merely enjoying a concert on a
beautiful fall evening. Like many, NASW believes it is time to put an end to the
epidemic of gun violence in our nation.
There has been a seemingly unending
stream of mass shootings over the past decade. Thus
far in 2017, 305 persons have been killed and 1,592 wounded due to a
mass shooting, which is defined as four or more persons shot in a single
incident. The alarming fact is that deaths from mass shootings, including the
Las Vegas shootings, account for a relatively small part of the almost
35,000 overall gun-involved deaths that occur each year.
In the July 2017 NASW Social
Justice Brief “Gun Violence in the American Culture,” this association took the position
that gun violence has reached such epidemic proportions that federal and
state health officials must declare this to be a national public health
In so doing, officials must
allocate funds and develop policies that prevent and greatly reduce mortality
and morbidity rates associated with gun violence. As a nation, we have
mobilized to respond to the opioid crisis using proven public health
strategies. NASW believes the same should be done to respond to the national
gun violence crisis.
We also agree with the Brady
Campaign when it stated that “We
need comprehensive gun safety laws to protect our citizens from these random
acts of violence that threaten our everyday lives.” NASW joins the call for
Congress pass gun legislation to ensure the safety of all Americans.