Promoting firearm safety and injury prevention research;
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- Creating a confidential national firearm injury research registry while encouraging states to establish a uniform approach to tracking;
- Recording firearm-related injuries;
- Promoting access to effective, affordable, and sustainable mental health services;
- Protecting the duty of physicians and encouraging health care provider discussions with patients on firearm safety;
- Promoting the development of technology that increases firearm safety;
- Supporting universal background checks for firearm transactions;
- Requiring the enforcement of existing laws and supporting new legislation that prevents high-risk and prohibited individuals from obtaining firearms by any means; and
- Restricting the sale and ownership of weapons, munitions, and large-capacity magazines that are designed for military or law enforcement use.
I take your comments very seriously. You would not know that my own family has been affected by gun violence. One of my nieces, who lives in Springfield, Oregon, was in her high school cafeteria when she was shot by a student gunman in 1998. She survived, but she still carries the bullet in her pelvis as well as the post-traumatic effects of that experience; her best friend was shot in the head and died.
I understand that you are president of the new organization, Americans Against Gun Violence. I wish you well in your efforts. ACEP has stood publically against gun violence. Our policy promotes some of the measures that you support. We will continue to advocate for stronger laws to protect the public and decrease the penetrating trauma that we unfortunately see so often in our emergency departments.
Jay Kaplan, MD, FACEP, is president of ACEP.
The July “A Dialogue on Gun Control” article contained an editorial error on page 5 of the print issue. The number of deaths from firearms last year was incorrectly printed as 330,000. The correct number is 33,000.