Preventing Gun Violence in the U.S.: What Can the Medical Profession do Better?

June 3, 2016

In today’s Article of the Week published in “in-Training,” a fellow medical student explores physicians’ roles in the epidemic of gun violence in this country. Looking to our physician leaders, particularly those elected to federal government, the author calls for these physicians to remember their obligations as members of the medical profession and address this problem.

In an editorial at the end of 2015, the New York Times decried the “moral outrage” of lax gun laws in the face of so many deaths from gun violence, but gun-related morbidity and mortality does not have firm standing as a public health issue. For twenty years, CDC funding for the study of gun violence has been explicitly prohibited by federal law, a law that over 100 medical groups are currently lobbying Congress to change. Despite this roadblock, a recent study published in the Lancet analyzing firearm-related mortality in the United States called for universal background checks, among other interventions.

Read a medical student’s opinion about what the medical profession can do better, and what we as medical students can do about it:

Article: Gun Violence in the United States: A Missed Opportunity for Physician Leadership