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November 28, 2018

Elimination of the Moratorium on Gun Research Is Not Enough: The Need for the CDC to Set a Budgetary Agenda

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Surg. 2019;154(3):195-196. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.4211

Parkland. Sutherland Springs. Las Vegas. Orlando. Charleston. Aurora. Blacksburg. Newtown. Santa Fe. The definition of insanity is described as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. We should know. We are surgeons, and we witness insanity on a regular basis when we operate on the victims of gun violence. These deaths are avoidable, and yet our elected leaders refuse to act.

We are constantly reminded that all patients that we treat also represent a family who loves them, a community who has raised them, and a society that has failed to protect them. Commonsense gun legislation is not aimed at removing firearms from responsible, law-abiding Americans. Rather, commonsense gun policy is critical to prevent future senseless tragedies, to make our streets safer, and to finally remove one of the most unfortunate blemishes on our national character.

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    2 Comments for this article
    Civilian firearms trauma
    Lawrence Danto, MD |
    It is unimaginable that any healthcare professional is not supportive of your purpose towards ending gun violence. However, the National Rifle Association and their ilk are relentless in their uncaring self-important proprietary interest in the public sale of weapons and ammunition - even though they are weapons of war meant for military use. Sadly, our professional organizations (including the American College of Surgeons) have been slow, even reluctant, to protect our patients from unnecessary harm. Primum non nocere. The Second Amendment need not stand in the way of doing what is right to protect Americans from harm. Neither should we.
    Realistic Research
    Dr Jim Dancho |
    It would seem to any logical thinking and rational person, or Physician, the need is to consider all the factors related to gun violence and not just the "gun". The recent school shootings, mass shootings and other situations where guns are used "illegally" show us it's the person behind the trigger responsible for the violence. Better mental health treatment and reporting are needed. An honest decision by politicians that their school programs to allow felons in the classroom are definitely not needed. Constitutional rights are not at play here at all. Common sense and a willingness to have a free and open discussion of "all" the issues is what 's needed by all parties. Saying guns are the problem is like saying misspelled words are the fault of a pencil.