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Reducing firearm injuries and deaths in the United States: A position paper from the American College of Physicians

from Annals of Internal Medicine

For more than 20 years, the American College of Physicians has advocated for the need to address firearm-related injuries and deaths in the United States. In 2015, it joined the American College of Surgeons, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Public Health Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians and American Bar Association in a call to action to address gun violence as a public health threat, which was subsequently endorsed by 52 organizations that included clinician organizations, consumer organizations, organizations representing families of gun violence victims, research organizations, public health organizations, and other health advocacy organizations. Yet, firearm violence remains a problem—firearm-related mortality rates in the United States are still the highest among high-income countries. more

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