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How are medical professionals addressing gun violence?

Photo courtesy Office of Governor Tom Wolf
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A gunman killed 12 people and himself in Thousand Oaks, California last week. This latest massacre happened just over a week after 11 people were shot and killed at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. For years, doctors have called gun violence a public health crisis.

The American College of Physicians recently released a paper calling for policy action to address mass shootings and firearm injuries and deaths in workplaces and neighborhoods nationwide. What solutions are medical professionals offering to end gun violence?


Dr. Megan Ranney, emergency physician, research officer and co-founder of the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM)

Dr. Christine Laine, physician and Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Internal Medicine

Dr. Brian H. Williams, trauma surgeon and speaker on race, violence and medicine

Web Resources:

USA Today: Medical professionals to NRA: Guns are our lane. Help us reduce deaths or move over.

NPR:After NRA Mocks Doctors, Physicians Reply: 'This Is Our Lane'

American College of Physicians: Reducing Firearm Injuries and Deaths in the United States: A Position Paper From the American College of Physicians