This is a shame that ACEP is even trying to have a debate on this issue. As emergency physicians who treat victims of gun violence, it’s pretty clear our position should be that we should be doing everything we can to ensure fewer gun deaths. The ecological data from other countries and from studies in the United States is clear, in spite of what Dr. Coppola is suggesting—where there are fewer firearms, there are fewer firearm deaths. If ACEP wants to consider his position that we should become an even more armed society, it only has to remember we are already far and away the most armed first-world country in the world and have more gun violence and gun deaths than any other such country. Coincidence? I think not.
Thanks to ACEP Now for acknowledging that there are two sides to this issue. But let me correct an error that has been endlessly perpetuated by those who wish to even further restrict firearm civil rights.| ← Previous | | | Next → | Single Page