Medical groups issue joint call to action on gun violence

Several high-profile medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Public Health Association, are calling for action on gun violence in the U.S.

In a policy paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the groups called for mandatory comprehensive criminal background checks for all firearm purchases, research into the causes and consequences of firearm violence, and several other measures.

In an August 8, 2019 Medscape article, David Hemenway, professor of health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said expansive background checks would probably have the most impact on reducing gun violence, but that no single measure will be a cure-all. Hemenway suggested that taxes on firearms, licensing of handgun owners and registration of handguns, and attaching liability to gun ownership would also be appropriate.

Read the Medscape article: Physician Groups Forge Action Plan Against Gun Violence