PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE FIREARM INJURY CENTER AT PENN (FICAP)

WHEREAS, for each of the past thirty years, an average of 1,250 Pennsylvanians have died from firearm injuries incurred by suicide, homicide, and unintentional shootings;

WHEREAS, many firearm injuries and their unfortunate consequences are preventable; research provides evidence that specific interventions and other measures can be done to reduce deaths, disability and societal costs associated with these firearm injuries;

WHEREAS, firearm injury has an unequal impact on different segments of society, including a disproportionate impact on the young, the poor, and the minority populations living in urban areas;

WHEREAS, firearm injury has a broad impact on our community, including expensive medical treatment;

WHEREAS, firearm injury imposes an economic burden far beyond the medical costs of treatment;

WHEREAS, the Board of Governors recognizes that firearm violence has a tremendous negative impact on the quality of life of Philadelphians and others throughout the region;

WHEREAS, the Firearm Injury Center at Penn (FICAP), affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, can reduce firearm injury by promoting awareness of the incidence and causes of firearm injuries, particularly in the most at-risk communities, and by identifying firearm injury as an extremely serious public health concern;

WHEREAS, FICAP also can reduce firearm injury by developing solid research and statistics as to the epidemiology of firearm injuries using interdisciplinary resources and methodology and by incorporating the work of major trauma centers;

WHEREAS, FICAP also can reduce firearm injury by organizing civic and community and medical leaders to distribute information about and take forthright stands to counteract the wholesale destructiveness of firearm injury; and

WHEREAS, the City Policy Committee has considered the issues raised in this Resolution and recommends that the Board of Governors adopt this Resolution.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association commends and supports the mission of the Firearm Injury Center at Penn (FICAP) "to create safer communities through the systematic reduction of firearm injury and its repercussions to individual families and society."

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association encourages FICAP's efforts to reduce firearm injury through interdisciplinary research and dialogue, promoting awareness of the incidence and causes of firearm injuries, identifying firearm injury as an extremely serious public health concern and organizing civic and community and medical leaders to distribute information about and take forthright stands to counteract the wholesale destructiveness of firearm injury.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: July 24, 2003