Melvin E. Belding, MD
Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.
Belding ME. Is It Time for Physicians to Focus on the Public Health Threat of Gun Violence?. Ann Intern Med. 2013;158:850. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-158-11-201306040-00018
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(11):850.
TO THE EDITOR:
The editorial by Dr. Laine and the editors (1) calling for an active response from American College of Physicians (ACP) members and fellows certainly is appropriate. Fear of the National Rifle Association and gun lobby by academic and public health physicians driven by concern over research support is sad but understandable. Perhaps those of us who are now retired or in positions shielded from threats of sanctions should lead the charge. What better way to finish a career in medicine than to spearhead a well-thought-out, self-funded campaign that could possibly push politicians to enact some sensible gun control measures? The frequency and ferocity of shootings scream at us yet we live in a country in which several states have laws that step directly into the examination room and block conversations about gun ownership in the name of patient confidentiality. Such laws have penalties that include fines or even loss of license. It is time to get angry and get even with this idiocy.
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