Three gun safety experts addressed the Democrats of Greater Tucson salon held on July 27, 2022:

  • Kelley Ireland of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense
  • Pete Plahmer, Coordinator of Banner Medical Center’s Trauma Outreach & Injury Prevention program
  • Teresa Neiberg, Legislative Lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.
00:04 How can we make reforms in gun violence.00:14 Welcome to the DGT Salon meeting
00:42 Introduction to the Panel
02:00 Kelly Ireland remarks
24:04 Introduction to Pete Plahmer
24:18 Pete Plahmer remarks
51:25 Q&A for Pete Plahmer
54:35 Introduction to Teresa Neiberg
55:00 Teresa Neiberg remarks
1:04:08 Q&A for panel

Data from 2020 shows that 45,222 people died from gun-related injuries in the U.S., Ireland said. “Gun violence has become normalized in the US.:

“To date, there have been 370 mass shootings in the 207 days of 2022. That’s about two mass shootings per day,” Ireland said. See her slides here.

Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. Moms help pass stronger gun laws and work to close the loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families.

Gun deaths are rising in Tucson, according to Plahmer, the Trauma Outreach and Injury Prevention Coordinator at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson.

He said that Banner has treated 1,600 gunshot victims over the last six years. See his slides here. The number hit an all-time record in 2021, with 285 gun violence victims admitted.

Neiberg, legislative lead for Moms Demand Action, said at the DGT meeting, “If we are able to elect a Democratic Governor and Democratic majority at the Arizona Legislature, we will be able to work with legislators who will stand up for Gun Safety. If we are not able, we fear that some of the newly elected Republican legislators will not be open to working with us to pass gun sense legislation.” See her slides here.