Doctors affirm commitment to reducing gun violence

The nation’s doctors have been speaking up about the importance of talking to their patients about the dangers of guns, in spite of criticism from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

In a November 19, 2018 editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the journal’s editors and representatives of the American College of Physicians (ACP) wrote that physicians have a firm commitment to decreasing firearm-related injuries, according to a November 20, 2018 Medscape article.

The editorial came in response to NRA criticism, in a tweet, of an October 29 position paper from ACP on how to reduce firearm deaths.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has also weighed in with a report on reducing gun violence.

“It’s nice to see physicians’ organizations standing up and playing a strong role in trying to reduce this uniquely American problem,” David Hemenway, professor of health policy and director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told Medscape.

Read the Medscape article: Physicians Continue #ThisIsOurLane Pushback Against NRA

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