Robert M. McLean, MD; Patrice Harris, MD; John Cullen, MD; Ronald V. Maier, MD; Kyle E. Yasuda, MD; Bruce J. Schwartz, MD; Georges C. Benjamin, MD
Acknowledgment: The authors thank Renee Butkus for her invaluable role in developing the document. They also thank the persons who reviewed and provided input about the document for their professional organization, including Robert Doherty; Debra Cohn, JD; Andrea Garcia, JD; Julie Wood, MD; Shawn Martin; Mike Munger, MD; Douglas Henley, MD; Kristin Kroeger; Colleen Coyle; Alison Crane; Eileen M. Bulger, MD; Deborah A. Kuhls, MD; Christian Shalgian; David B. Hoyt, MD; and Ronald M. Stewart, MD.
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Corresponding Author: Robert M. McLean, MD, American College of Physicians, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106; e-mail, email@example.com.
Current Author Addresses: Dr. Harris: American Medical Association, 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 39300, Chicago, IL 60611-5885.
Dr. Cullen: American Academy of Family Physicians, 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Leawood, KS 66211-2680.
Dr. Maier: American College of Surgeons, 633 North Saint Clair Street, Chicago, IL 60611-3295.
Dr. Yasuda: American Academy of Pediatrics, 345 Park Boulevard, Itasca, IL 60143.
Dr. Schwartz: American Psychiatric Association, 800 Maine Avenue SW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20024.
Dr. Benjamin: American Public Health Association, 800 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.
Author Contributions: Conception and design: R.M. McLean.
Analysis and interpretation of the data: J. Cullen.
Critical revision for important intellectual content: J. Cullen, R.M. McLean.
Final approval of the article: G.C. Benjamin, R. Butkus, J. Cullen, P. Harris, J.E. Jackson, R.V. Maier, R.M. McLean, B.J. Schwartz, K.E. Yasuda.
Administrative, technical, or logistic support: R.M. McLean, B.J. Schwartz.
Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves.
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Gilbert A Handal, MD
Texas Tech University
August 8, 2019
The issue of shootings is not just guns!! Certainly appropriate registration and background checks and elimination of high power war instruments have no place in civilian life, but I believe the problem is a more deep issue and I do not believe it is related to mental health as such, people are looking for simple solutions to complex problems and that never works!
I believe is a societal problem as we forget about God, as family is redefined and frequently absent in its real role and as our educational systems prepare the students to take tests and not real life issues education. I believe if we are serious about this issue we have to look at all these issues which have profound implications well beyond the shootings
August 10, 2019
Inconsistency on respect for life in the medical profession?
While the medical profession is speaking out against gun violence, and it should, while there have been 1,196 people killed since 1966 in mass shootings in America, there have been >50 Million babies killed in abortions since just 1973, at a rate of >600K per year. What puzzles me is the lack of outrage and outcry re the latter, in contrast to the former.
October 16, 2019
Call to Action Sign-On: Organizations added
TO THE EDITOR:
In August 2019, the American College of Physicians joined with 6 other physician and public health professional organizations, in publishing a “Call to Action” regarding firearm injury and death as a major public health problem in the U.S. We advocated for measures and impactful legislation that would reduce firearms-related injuries and deaths and protect patients and the communities physicians serve.
We have subsequently invited a wide variety of organizations to endorse the article. In addition to the organizations represented by the authors of the article, the following organizations are officially endorsing the article and its recommendations:
Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
American Academy of Neurology
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehab
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
American College of Cardiology
American College of Chest Physicians
American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Geriatrics Society
American Medical Group Association
American Medical Women's Association
American Psychological Association
American Society of Hematology
American Thoracic Society
Association of American Medical Colleges
C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth
Doctors for America
Everytown for Gun Safety
Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office
National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians
National Hispanic Medical Association
National Partnership for Women & Families
Renal Physicians Association
Scrubs Addressing the Firearms Epidemic
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
Society of Critical Care Medicine
Society of General Internal Medicine
Society of Interventional Radiology
States United to Prevent Gun Violence
Robert McLean, M.D., MACP
President, American College of Physicians
McLean RM, Harris P, Cullen J, et al. Firearm-Related Injury and Death in the United States: A Call to Action From the Nation's Leading Physician and Public Health Professional Organizations. Ann Intern Med. 2019;171:573–577. [Epub ahead of print 7 August 2019]. doi: 10.7326/M19-2441
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