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AMA applauds Surgeon General Advisory on firearm violence


The following statement is attributable to:
Bruce A. Scott, M.D.

President, American Medical Association

“Across the country, physicians everywhere treat patients and families afflicted by firearm violence. We see the physical and emotional harm firsthand, and we dread the too-often conversations with parents, spouses, and even children in which we tell them their loved one did not make it. Firearm violence is indeed a public health crisis in the United States, and the data now show it touches the majority of Americans. We applaud the Office of the Surgeon General for issuing this advisory and for outlining an evidence-based public health approach to addressing firearm violence.”

Over the past two-plus decades, the AMA has developed numerous policy recommendations to reduce firearm trauma, injury and death, including policies to:

The AMA declared firearm-related violence–one of the leading causes of intentional and unintentional injuries and deaths in the United States–a public health crisis in in 2016. The AMA has also developed resources to help physicians address firearm injuries, including a continuing medical education (CME) module designed to assist physicians in recognizing risk factors and effectively communicating with patients to reduce the risk of firearm injury and death. In 2022, the AMA’s House of Delegates adopted a policy to establish a task force focused on firearm injury prevention. The AMA convenes this task force with physician leaders from national medical societies and liaison representatives from federal agencies to increase collaboration to advance evidence-based strategies for firearm injury prevention.


About the American Medical Association

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