—Bill Durston, MD
Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 35 – No 08 – August 2016
Dr. Kaplan Responds
In response to your allegation that my reaction to the Orlando mass shooting was inane and is an embarrassment to you, I must respond. The statement to which you refer was written and released immediately after the shooting. It was meant to express my prayers for those who were hurt and killed as well as what ACEP was doing in an attempt to have our communities be better prepared in the future.
If you saw any of my public statements in multiple news organizations that followed those initial words, some of which were video-recorded, you would see that I also called gun-related violence a public health catastrophe and shared my personal sentiment that much more must be done by our federal legislators. I even traveled to Washington, D.C., on June 17, catching a 5:40 a.m. flight after working a clinical shift until 11:30 p.m. the night before in order to speak to a group of 40 legislative aides gathered by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer to talk about what we should do together to stem this plethora of mass-casualty incidents. A video captured after that talk is available on ACEP.org.
At times, I have had to indicate that I have personal sentiments (which I elucidated) that differ from a significant number of ACEP members. While you criticize me for not doing enough, I have been condemned by some ACEP members for calling firearm-related violence a public health crisis and for saying too much. Please remember that I must represent all of our members. We have had vigorous debates at our Council meeting about ACEP’s position on this issue, and I expect that we will have many more. A change in our “Firearm Safety and Injury Prevention” clinical policy has come before the Board, and a workgroup is being put together to ensure appropriate revisions. I will certainly share your name with Becky Parker, MD, FACEP, who will be assuming the ACEP presidency in mid-October and will be watching over those deliberations.
If you saw any of my public statements in multiple news organizations that followed those initial words, some of which were video-recorded, you would see that I called gun-related violence a public health catastrophe and shared my personal sentiment that much more must be done by our federal legislators. —Jay Kaplan, MD, FACEP, president of ACEP
I have reiterated ACEP’s 2013 policy, which includes the following: