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How are medical professionals addressing gun violence?

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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?

Guests:

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