Professional, Medical Societies Call Gun-Related Injuries A “Public Health Crisis.”

The Los Angeles Times (2/24, Healy) “Science Now” blog reports that in an editorial published Feb. 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the American Bar Association, the American Public Health Association and “seven medical specialty societies…joined forces to declare gun-related injuries, which annually kill an average of 32,000 Americans and harm nearly twice that number, ‘a public health crisis’ that should be studied and solved ‘free of political influence or restriction.’”

Together, the societies “issued a ‘call to action,’ and declared their collective backing for universal background checks, a ban on military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines, more federal support for gun-injury research, and an end to laws that would punish physicians who discuss the safety of gun ownership with their patients.”

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— “Gun injuries are a public health emergency, nine organizations say,” Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2015.

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