With much dividing discussion surrounding the debates about guns and their associated violence, I took the opportunity to share my thoughts and opinions in the Gainesville Sun through an Op-Ed. In response to Rick Scott signing the first gun law in 30 years, I talk about how guns are a part of the American DNA, and how this is not necessarily a good thing. Though well intended gun owners intend to prevent death and harm with their guns, there are 34 criminal homicides, 78 gun suicides, and 2 accidental deaths for every crime prevented or justifiable homicide. Furthermore, there is bipartisan support for common sense gun laws, something that evades current governmental legislators. In response to the Parkland shooting, we, as Floridians, have a chance to lay the groundwork for a slow and long overhaul of the current gun laws to provide safety to our citizens. After all, which is more important: the right to gun ownership, or the right to health and safety?
In the March 2018 Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, we published a brief article to better understand and provide information about the troubles that non-citizens, particularly children, face in this country.
Healthcare for Non-Citizen Children
What is a non-citizen?
Who are we talking about?
Why does this matter?
Where do you get healthcare as a non-citizen?
Health consequences to immigrant children
Where do we go from here?
Resources for medical students and healthcare professionals:
Resources for pediatric patients and their families:
Resources to get involved with policymakers
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