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October 24, 1986

Death and Injury by Firearms: Who Cares?

Author Affiliations

Provident Hospital, Inc Baltimore

JAMA. 1986;256(16):2195. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380160053009

To the Editor.—  Who cares about death and injury by firearms? Ask the families of firearms victims. And ask about the repeated, defeated efforts of these people to convince legislators to enact a satisfactory gun-control law. Our present session of Congress has avoided such legislation, presumably due to intense lobbying by the National Rifle Association.The creation of a special center to study injuries from firearms is reminiscent of the "Crusade Against Cancer" that was legislated into being in 1970. The allocation of great sums of money has not brought us much closer to successful therapy for the neoplastic diseases.Jagger and Dietz1 have suggested a method to gather information that, in the end, would generate some interesting articles but would not really help to solve our problem. We know that the manufacture, distribution, and sale of handguns must be curtailed. Why not get on with the job and