Sure, I’ve heard it before, guns don’t kill people; people kill people. This is absurd. Control the guns and ammunition and more people live. Simple. As a physician in an urban Emergency Department, it is not uncommon to treat patients with gunshot injuries. Worse, patients who are shot are almost always young. Should we as emergency physicians put more effort into gun-control measures?
Because we work on the frontlines, we see the effects of public health policy first. Take a less controversial issue: seatbelt laws. Laws mandating seatbelt use dramatically reduced morbidity and mortality. We saw this immediately in
Would stricter gun-control laws reduce morbidity and mortality the same way seatbelt laws did? Would gun-violence decrease if bullets cost $5000, as Chris Rock once suggested? Yes. Absolutely. I support our Constitutional right to bear arms, but I can’t imagine how unfettered access to guns and ammunition, as the NRA advocates, equals less violence, less bloodshed, less death.
Something has got to change."On Health" is a column designed to present the latest controversies and newest information regarding your day-to-day health. Please feel free to contribute a topic by sending an email to email@example.com