Doctors Need to Join Gun Control Fight, Medical Journal Argues
Guns seized by the New York Police Department (NYPD) in the largest seizure of illegal guns in the city's history are displayed during a press conference on Aug.19, 2013 in New York City. The operation, which involved an undercover agent buying guns that were smuggled from North Carolina and South Carolina, yeilded over 250 guns. 19 people have been charged in the operation.Andrew Burton / Getty Images, file
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“The devastation wrought by firearms is not inevitable, and to consider this scale of death the price of freedom is a perversion of the notion of liberty,” the editorial board and Dr. Chana Sacks of Massachusetts General Hospital wrote.
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“We believe physicians need to engage is a sustained effort to counter groups that are intent on maintaining the status quo,” they wrote.
The killing of 49 people in a mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub has prompted a pitched effort to push a resistant Congress into enacting some sort of federal laws restricting who can buy guns. Gun rights supporters say it’s a violent society — and not the weapons themselves — that is to blame.
"Indeed, however virulent Omar Mateen’s possibly mixed motivations may have been, they would not have resulted in the deaths of 49 people and the injuries of 53 more if he hadn’t been able to obtain an assault-style rifle," she and colleagues wrote.