AF: After the unthinkable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, our country was resolved to address the senseless violence within our communities and our culture that was killing even our youngest citizens. Because of opposition, our public leaders dithered, our resolve withered, and daily distractions led to national inaction.
Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 35 – No 07 – July 2016
Since that day in December 2012, more than 100,000 of our citizens have died through firearm violence, and there have been over 1,000 mass shootings. Now our country mourns again after the latest and worst mass shooting in American history. We again have the responsibility to honor the memory of those who were murdered by creating needed change in our country.
Since the Orlando tragedy, the American Medical Association has shown leadership by recognizing firearm violence as a “public health crisis” and by committing to actively overturn the Congressional ban on firearm violence research. ACEP needs to demonstrate similar resolve and to also lead in confronting this crisis. Only through strong and sustained action can we honor those who have been victims while creating a safer and saner future for our children.
MC: The killings in Orlando were horrific, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and friends. It is abhorrent that many, including our so-called leaders, have taken this tragedy to further a misguided agenda with calls for gun control. Turning this terrible event into demands for gun control is insulting to the victims, and it detracts from the real issues. What happened in Orlando has less to do with gun control than with extremism, terrorism, intolerance, and this administration’s failed policies to combat ISIS. Data have consistently shown that crime rates are lowest in states with concealed-carry or open-carry laws, and crime- and firearm-related deaths are highest in cities with the strictest of gun control. Perhaps if one of the patrons at Pulse that night was trained and carrying, the number of those killed and injured would have been a lot less.