Letter Calls for Bipartisan Effort to Prevent Mass Shootings

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NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing has joined 96 other organizations in signing a letter by the American Academy of Nursing calling for Congress to create a bipartisan National Commission on Mass Shootings in the aftermath of the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The letter, delivered to Congressional leadership yesterday, urges Congress to launch this Commission within 30 days.

“NYU Meyers is proud to sign on to this call to action. It reaffirms the vision that we hold closely here at the College: to advance health for all people where they live, play, learn, and work. And a critical element of realizing a healthier society is making it safer for everyone,” said Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and president-elect of the American Academy of Nursing.

The American Academy of Nursing recommends that the National Commission on Mass Shootings be charged with identifying strategies for seven challenges related to gun violence, including supporting healthcare professionals in effectively addressing the issue, researching the causes and solutions to firearm violence, and creating and strengthening gun laws.

“The Academy’s charge to establish a bipartisan National Commission on Mass Shootings is to develop comprehensive strategies that improve and strengthen policy concerning background checks, gun purchase restrictions, a ban on assault weapons, and healthcare professionals’ ability to fully fulfill their role in preventing firearm injuries,” said Sullivan-Marx.

About the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing is a global leader in nursing education, research, and practice. It offers a bachelor of science with a major in nursing, a master of science, post-master’s certificate programs, a doctor of nursing practice degree, and a doctor of philosophy in research theory and development.