Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Seven Mass Shootings in Seven Days

Dear UCSF Community,

On Monday, a gunman took the lives of 10 people in a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket in yet another episode of gun violence. I write to you, once again, grieving over the senseless loss of life and with a growing frustration over the political gridlock that perpetuates this public health crisis.

The tragedy in Boulder marks the seventh mass casualty shooting in seven days in our country. In Colorado, Oregon, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, gun violence has taken and changed lives forever. In these and too many past incidents, people have used guns to injure and kill, often targeting others for their beliefs, identities, and race. It is difficult to accept this spate of violence when we are still mourning the deaths of those murdered just one week ago in Atlanta, including six women of Asian descent.

As an organization dedicated to advancing health, we must do more than grieve. I encourage you to educate yourself about the unchecked threat of gun violence. We must urge our elected officials to pass legislation that puts the health and lives of all those in our country ahead of political affiliation and partisanship. To learn more about gun reform efforts, I encourage you to explore the work of the following organizations, which are but a few of the groups working at the federal and state level:

I recommend you also visit the UCSF San Francisco Wraparound Project and the UCSF San Francisco Injury Center for Research and Prevention to learn more about what our colleagues are doing to address gun violence and its impact on our communities.

As we explore more of what we can do to address this public health crisis, I hope you are looking after yourself and those around you. If you or anyone you know needs assistance, please make use of UCSF’s resources, which are here to support you:

While it can be exhausting to absorb the news of another mass shooting, we cannot afford to become desensitized. I am proud of the leadership our UCSF experts provide to public health on this social epidemic, and encourage all of us to explore what we can do individually to support their work.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor