That reframing gun violence as a public health problem is a point of contention is difficult to understand in light of the numbers that complement the regular media reports of gun violence and its victims. In 2010, more than 31 000 persons in this country died after being shot with a gun; an estimated 73 500 more were shot and survived (3). We treat or bury, on average, 286 persons every day who find themselves on the wrong end of a gun. Although treatment of the wounds is an essential role for health care providers, it should be our last line of defense. Many gun violence victims never fully recover from their physical injuries, and the emotional scars last a lifetime. Furthermore, few of those who die from gunshot wounds could have been saved by clinical intervention. Given that more than 95% of fatalities die within 24 hours of being shot and most die where they were shot, more or better treatment is unlikely to yield substantial reductions in gun deaths (4). A greater emphasis on preventing gun violence is needed. Evidence-based, well-implemented, and enforced policies can reduce gun violence in our homes and on our streets (5), and this vision can be realized with the help of physicians.