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File #: 16-4072    Version: 1 Name: IN SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION’S RCOGNITION OF GUN VIOLENCE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND CALLING ON CONGRESS TO ALLOW THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL TO RESEARCH GUN VIOLENCE
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 6/23/2016 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 6/29/2016 Final action: 6/29/2016
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION'S RCOGNITION OF GUN VIOLENCE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND CALLING ON CONGRESS TO ALLOW THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL TO RESEARCH GUN VIOLENCE WHEREAS, according to the most recent statistics, firearms caused 32,888 deaths in the United States; and WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC"), the U.S. has the highest rates of childhood homicide, suicide and firearm-related deaths among industrialized countries; and WHEREAS, the residents of Cook County are still mourning the 49 people killed and 53 people injured by a single terrorist using a firearm in the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida; and WHEREAS, the epidemic of gun violence this year in Cook County has claimed 323 lives to date; and WHEREAS, in 2014 there were 595 gun related deaths in Cook County, and 457 of those deaths were ruled to be homicides by the Office of the Medical Examine...
Sponsors: TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), JERRY BUTLER, JOHN P. DALEY, LUIS ARROYO JR, ROBERT STEELE, JESÚS G. GARCÍA, LARRY SUFFREDIN
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

IN SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION'S RCOGNITION OF GUN VIOLENCE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND CALLING ON CONGRESS TO ALLOW THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL TO RESEARCH GUN VIOLENCE

WHEREAS, according to the most recent statistics, firearms caused 32,888 deaths in the United States; and

WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC"), the U.S. has the highest rates of childhood homicide, suicide and firearm-related deaths among industrialized countries; and

WHEREAS, the residents of Cook County are still mourning the 49 people killed and 53 people injured by a single terrorist using a firearm in the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida; and

WHEREAS, the epidemic of gun violence this year in Cook County has claimed 323 lives to date; and

WHEREAS, in 2014 there were 595 gun related deaths in Cook County, and 457 of those deaths were ruled to be homicides by the Office of the Medical Examiner of Cook County; and

WHEREAS, on January 16, 2013, in response to the growing epidemic of gun deaths, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the CDC to conduct or sponsor research into the causes of gun violence and strategies to prevent it; and

WHEREAS, for 20 years through legislative action, the United States Congress has blocked any funds for the CDC to sponsor or conduct research into the causes of gun violence and strategies to prevent it; and

WHEREAS, the American Medical Association ("AMA"), the largest professional association of physicians in the United States, recently recognized that "uncontrolled ownership and use of firearms, especially handguns, is a serious threat to the public's health, inasmuch as the weapons are one of the main causes of intentional and unintentional injuries and deaths"; and

WHEREAS, the AMA joined the American College of Physicians and the American College of Surgeons in recognizing that gun violenc...

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