AMA Says Gun Violence a "Public Health Crisis" — Physician’s First Watch

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June 15, 2016

AMA Says Gun Violence a "Public Health Crisis"

By the Editors

The American Medical Association on Tuesday adopted a new policy that calls gun violence in America a "public health crisis" following the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub.

The organization says it will lobby Congress to lift the ban on CDC research into gun violence.

Also on Tuesday, the AMA adopted a policy supporting federal and state bans on powdered alcohol, or "Palcohol".

Reader Comments (2)

Amiram Kanabel Other Healthcare Professional, Psychiatry, CT

So, how come that in Israel, where a great number of citizens carry guns (including semi-automatic guns) there is NO mass shootings, except by terrorists. While in France, where gun laws are among the most stricter in the world, we witnessed so many mass-shootings? To be franc I, for one, NEVER saw a gun, automatic or other, roaming the streets, by ITSELF, and shooting with a smile on its trigger...

Larry Eninger Physician, Ophthalmology, PVMC

Don't confuse the issue by calling it "gun" violence. The problem is violence. Blaming the gun, although simple & we-are-doing-something feel-good, is absurd and detracts from dealing with the real problem. I would hope that our AMA leadership would be wiser than our politicians whose feel-good answer to every problem is to pass another law to further restrict our freedoms.

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