Message from the President
Dear AWP Members:
On behalf of the leadership of the Association of Women Psychiatrists and myself, I would like to express our deepest sympathies to the families of the 20 beautiful and innocent children massacred in Connecticut and to the families and friends of the brave principal and 5 teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary who heroically died trying to protect them. Our thoughts and prayers are with those most deeply affected in these saddest of days in our country's history. We stand ready with our colleagues to join in the efforts to alleviate the suffering of the survivors as they struggle to cope with life after such unimaginable trauma and loss.
The unspeakable acts of gun violence on December 14, 2012 in Newtown call for action NOW to do all that we can to prevent these senseless killings. We must not accept that we cannot meaningfully address the gun violence and mass killings which have become epidemic in our society. We must not accept that we cannot find solutions to this complex problem, which include serious consideration of banning military-type assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips, improving and increasing access to quality mental health treatment across all settings, and addressing our society's culture of violence. We must not allow ourselves to have these horrific events fade from our memories until the next one. We must act NOW.
PATRICIA ISBELL ORDORICA, M.D.
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