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August 7, 2019

For Immediate Release:

Once again, gun violence claims innocent lives

Statement by Bea Grause, RN, JD, President of HANYS

ALBANY, NY — The Healthcare Association of New York State extends condolences to the families of the victims of the deadly mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton and pledges to continue to work to stop gun violence in our nation.

The horrific mass shootings over the weekend once again put gun violence at the center of our nation’s consciousness. Sadly, gun violence is so common here that it takes high body counts to make front-page news. There have been 250 mass shootings in the United States so far this year, in addition to other incidents of gun violence that have killed thousands of Americans. Healthcare providers are on the front lines of this crisis, working around the clock to save the lives of shooting victims — and often face violence themselves.

Last year, when gun advocates told anti-gun physicians to “stay in their lane,” HANYS joined in supporting physicians and other providers and healthcare organizations in making it clear that preventing gun violence is our lane. We will continue to speak out against gun violence and work with the American Hospital Association and our other partners to protect our patients, our co-workers and our communities.

The Healthcare Association of New York State is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York, representing nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations.