Physicians have a unique perspective on gun violence. Caring for people who have been shot and telling family and friends that their loved one has been seriously injured or has died has an effect on doctors. Physicians are focused not just on caring for people who have been injured, but also on how to prevent injuries. Because of this, physicians and the professional medical organizations that represent them have been outspoken in their support for gun law reform and common sense gun laws that respect the second amendment, but that also can save lives and prevent injuries. As scientists, they study empirical data and advocate for evidenced-based strategies to reduce gun violence. They also support repealing the ban on federal funding into gun violence and oppose “gag” bills that would make it illegal for physicians to discuss safe storage of guns with patients.
Below are a number of calls to action and policy statements from some of the most respected professional medical organizations.