for gun owners, annual safety trainig should be emphasized and checked just like immunizations are
Top Medical Journal Editors: What Clinicians Can Do in the Face of Gun Violence — Physician’s First Watch
Top Medical Journal Editors: What Clinicians Can Do in the Face of Gun Violence
By Kelly Young
The editors of the top medical journals in the U.S. have come together to denounce the epidemic of gun violence and offer steps healthcare professionals can take.
In an editorial simultaneously published in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, and PLOS Medicine, the editors recommend that clinicians:
educate themselves and regularly contact their elected officials about this public health threat;
meet with their institution's leaders to find ways to work with the government at all levels;
ask patients about guns in the home;
not be silent.
They conclude: "The only thing that will change the world for the better is a group of people who believe that they can change the world. With regard to firearm-related injury and death, let's each be part of that group."
Reader Comments (4)
Keep the good work. This problem will take time to curb.
The current tragedy was caused by a millionaire who descended into madness but who obtained his weapons legally though normal channels, I doubt that any type of legislation will effectively prevent a recurrence. No legislation will prevent a terrorist or madman from using his/her car to kill scores of people in crowded places, either. Also remember that the vast majority of gun deaths in the US have been related to suicides (not preventable), gang violence (not preventable), and stupidity/carelessness (not preventable). "Feel good" (but ineffective) legislation may satisfy some, but simply building the bureaucracy accomplishes nothing.
Good advice. I will educate my patients on the availability of the NRA sponsored gun safety courses being given in my county. I will also ask more questions of my patients regarding their political beliefs and their propensity to mass murder of any type. Anyone I suspect of this I will confidentially report to authorities. The current FBI advice is:" if you see it, report it".