As trauma surgeons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we care for patients with gunshot wounds every day. We rush to the trauma bay to see them as they are brought in, often by local police officers, and quickly assess their injuries. We teach our medical students and residents to tape paperclips to their wounds, shoot x-rays, resuscitate, and operate if needed. We are experts on the incredible damage firearms cause to the human body and have worked for decades to define the management of these deadly injuries.
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