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  1. #1
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    Aug 2008

    Top Medical Groups Say Gun Violence Is A Public Health Crisis

    WASHINGTON -- Seven medical groups representing most U.S. physicians are seeking to recast gun-related casualties as a public health crisis, pointing to data that blames firearms for 33,000 U.S. deaths and more than double that many injuries in 2013.

    The coalition, which also includes the American Bar Association and the American Public Health Association, issued a "call to action" Tuesday that implores the medical community to study deaths and injuries caused by firearms without "political influence or restriction."


    "It does not matter whether we believe that guns kill people or that people kill people with guns -- the result is the same: a public health crisis," Dr. Darren Taichman, the journal's executive editor, wrote on behalf of the editorial board.

    Citing other endemics such as polio and Ebola, the editorial points out that most public health crises have been either vanquished or reduced due to scientific training and monitoring. "But it seems to stop when it comes to firearm injury. Why?" it asks.


    The medical groups backing the call to action are: American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American College of Surgeons, and American Psychiatric Association.


  2. #2
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    Feb 2015

    Many people do not realize that the CDC is legally prohibited from conducting any research into gun violence. This allows the gun lobby some measure of control over the available statistics, including such things as the impact of various regulations (concealed carry, open carry, required training, etc) across states.