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May 2, 1998

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Hopkins Medical Students Hope Teddy Bears Can Take A Bite Out Of Crime

For the fourth consecutive year, Johns Hopkins medical students who are members of Physicians for Social Responsibility, are making Baltimore streets and households safer by trading guns for Teddy bears. The Teddy Bears for Guns program is part of a larger Crime Prevention Fair co-sponsored by the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition (HEBCAC), the Baltimore Police Department, Johns Hopkins Corporate Security Services and the Hopkins Department of Community Services. Dates and locations for the events are:

Saturday, May 2

Crime Prevention Fair
St. Wencelaus Church parking lot
2100 Ashland Ave.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Teddy Bears for Guns (gun turn-in)
Hopkins Security Post
407 N. Caroline St.
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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HEBCAC
808 N. Chester St.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Families who attend the free fair will enjoy entertainment and free refreshments while learning how to make their home safer, as well as tips for safe summertime activities for kids.

Hopkins medical students believe that one way to increase home safety is to turn in all guns for Teddy bears. 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 owning a gun in the home", said Mollie Davis, 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 has treated 265 adults and 21 children for gunshot wounds. The students hope to reduce these numbers. So far, more than 100 guns have been turned over to authorities during the Teddy Bears for Guns exchanges.

Physicians for Social Responsibility is a national organization of more than 15,000 physicians and health care professionals committed to reducting violence. This year, more than twenty 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.


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