Frus­trated AMA adopts sweep­ing poli­cies to cut gun vi­o­lence

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - Obituaries/from The Front Page -

With frus­tra­tion mount­ing over law­mak­ers’ in­ac­tion on gun con­trol, the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion on Tues­day pressed for a ban on as­sault weapons and came out against arm­ing teach­ers as a way to fight what it calls a pub­lic health cri­sis.

At its an­nual pol­i­cy­mak­ing meet­ing, the na­tion’s largest physi­cians group bowed to un­prece­dented de­mands from doc­tormem­bers to take a stronger stand on gun vi­o­lence a prob­lem the or­ga­ni­za­tions says is as men­ac­ing as a lethal in­fec­tious dis­ease.

The ac­tion comes against a back­drop of re­cur­rent school shoot­ings, ev­ery­day street vi­o­lence in the na­tion’s in­ner cities, and ris­ing U.S. suicide rates.

“We as physi­cians are the wit­nesses to the hu­man toll of this dis­ease,” Dr. Me­gan Ran­ney, an emer­gency-medicine spe­cial­ist at Brown Uni­ver­sity, said at the meet­ing.

AMA del­e­gates voted to adopt sev­eral of nearly a dozen gun-re­lated proposals pre­sented by doc­tor groups that are part of the AMA’s mem­ber­ship.

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