Wanted: Local Medical Experts /Champions to Prevent Gun Violence

In response to the current, horrific, US public health crisis, an epidemic of gun violence, due primarily to handguns, physician leaders are calling upon health care professionals to become involved in solutions, both in their medical and community lives.1,2,3 A lack of knowledge about guns and gun violence is cited by some4 as an impediment, preventing many of these potential partners from joining into the project. My recent experiences working on gun violence does indeed support this concern about an information deficit among many medical colleagues (Physicians, Nurses, Medical Social Workers and Hospital Administrators) about gun violence.

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