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Preventing Firearm Violence: A Public Health Imperative

American College of Physicians
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This paper was authored by Bobbie Lewis, MA, and was developed for the 1993-1994 Health and Public Policy Committee: Gerald E. Thomson, MD, Chair; Whitney Addington, MD; Robert A. Berenson, MD; Christine K. Cassel, MD; Nancy E. Gary, MD; Sheldon Greenfield, MD; David J. Gullen, MD; Charles E. Harrison Jr., MD; L. Julian Haywood, MD; Ana Maria Lopez, MD; Ernest L. Mazzaferri, MD; Mack V. Traynor Jr., MD; and James R. Webster Jr., MD. Approved by the Board of Regents on 21 November 1993. Requests for Reprints: Linda Johnson White, Director, American College of Physicians, Independence Mall West, Sixth Street at Race, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1572.

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Ann Intern Med. 1995;122(4):311-313. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-122-4-199502150-00013
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Firearm-related injuries in the United States have reached epidemic proportions. The level of firearm morbidity and mortality sustained here is far higher than anywhere else in the industrialized world. More than 38 000 Americans died because of firearm-related injuries in 1991 [1]. More than half of all homicides and suicides are committed with firearms [2]. Firearms are the leading cause of death in black men 15 to 34 years of age and are surpassed only by motor vehicles as the leading cause of all U.S. injury-related deaths [2].

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