October 30, 1996
Media Contact: Terry Todesco
Phone: (410) 614-4976
For the third consecutive year, Johns Hopkins medical students who are members of Physicians for Social Responsibility are making Baltimore streets and households safer by trading Teddy Bears for Guns, Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Security Post, 407 Caroline St. and Sinai Hospital, Hoffberger parking lot.
The students are encouraging people to come in, turn in a gun (no questions asked) and get a hand-crafted Vermont Teddy Bear in exchange. "We want to educate the public on the danger of having a gun in the home," said Jacob Adams, student leader of the event.
Each year, nearly 500 gunshot victims are brought to Johns Hopkins for treatment. Between January and June 1996, Johns Hopkins treated 265 adults and 21 children for gunshot wounds, which cost an average of $33,000 each to treat medically. More than 90 guns have been turned over to authorities during the past two Teddy Bears for Guns campaigns.
Physicians for Social Responsibility is a national organization of more than 15,000 physicians and health care professionals committed to reducing violence. This year, more than 20 medical students are expected to participate.
The Vermont Teddy Bear Company of Shelburne, Vermont, designs, manufactures and markets classic, hand-crafted, fully jointed teddy bears. The bears are guaranteed for life.