The organizations urge public officials to implement a number of steps to reduce gun violence, including background checks for all firearm purchases and the elimination of “physician gag laws.”
More American youth die of injuries from firearms each year than of cancer.
In households with children, the percentage who store their firearms safely is only slightly higher.
Gun purchases surged in the immediate aftermath of Sandy Hook, as gun enthusiasts worried (unnecessarily, it turned out) that Congress might limit their access to such weapons.
Almost 60 percent of U.S. households with guns do not keep them locked up — even though most unintentional shootings of children happen at home.
It’s time to elect a legislature that represents Minnesota’s culture of responsible gun ownership and saves lives.
Advice on such issues as marijuana use, gun safety and sexual behavior varied, depending on whether a physician was a Republican or a Democrat.
Children who live in homes where gun safety isn’t practiced are not only at a significantly increased risk of accidentally shooting themselves, but also of shooting others.
Yet, few physicians broach the subject, either because they don’t know how to go about it or because they wrongly believe that it is illegal.
“By taking basic steps to permit public health research, we can finally begin to understand the sources of the current epidemic of violence and how best to control it,” a BMJ commentary says.
“It’s disappointing to me that we’ve made little progress in the past 20 years in finding solutions to gun violence,” said Dr. Nina Agrawal, a pediatrician in the South Bronx.
Some of the most egregious examples of politicians forcing their ideologies into the medical exam room involve, of course, women’s reproductive health.
Parents don’t think their child will be the victim of gun violence, yet it happens — and it changes those families forever.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants his Everytown for Gun Safety to surpass the political influence of the NRA.