Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, MPH; Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH; Garen J. Wintemute, MD, MPH
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Frattaroli S., Webster D., Wintemute G.; A Public Health Approach to Gun Violence. Ann Intern Med. 2013;159:306-307. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-4-201308200-00018
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(4):306-307.
We appreciate the diversity of responses to our article. Dr. May's empirical work provides a patient perspective on the physician's role in gun violence prevention and is an important complement to the 5 strategies we discuss. As other readers consider whether and how to incorporate more strategies for gun violence prevention into their professional practice, the relative importance of such an approach is heightened by Congress's recent decision not to expand background checks to include all Internet and gun show sales. In a political climate where lawmakers fail to legislate the systemic reforms that most of the population supports, education to raise awareness and influence behavior is one of the few tools that remain.
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