Medical Organizations’ Policy Statements on Gun Violence

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.

Funding and Publication of Research on Gun Violence and Other Leading Causes of Death
Journal of the American Medical Association
January 2017


Physician Groups Representing 426,000 Doctors: Gun Violence Must Stop
American Psychiatric Association
June 2016


American Psychiatric Association: Position Statement on Firearm Access, Acts of Violence and the Relationship to Mental Illness and Mental Health Services
American Psychiatric Association
June 2015


Firearm-Related Injury and Death in the United States: A Call to Action From 8 Health Professional Organizations and the American Bar Association
Annals of Internal Medicine
April 2015


Reducing Firearm-Related Harms: Time for Us to Study and Speak Out
Annals of Internal Medicine
April 2015


A Call to Action: Firearms, Public Health, and Emergency Medicine
Annals of Emergency Medicine
March 2013


Ending the Silence on Gun Violence
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Gun Violence
April 2013


Silencing the Science on Gun Research
Journal of the American Medical Association
February 2013