Health professionals declare gun violence a public health threat – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care.

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Health professionals declare gun violence a public health threat – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care. – (866) 348-2889

Following the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, more healthcare providers are calling for tangible solutions to what they believe has become a public health crisis.

One day after a former student opened fire at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people, American Medical Association President David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, urged action addressing gun violence. “The pervasiveness of gun violence and the weapons used in these crimes have changed the way we live,” Barbe wrote in the Feb. 15 post on the AMA website. “In movie theaters, places of worship, offices, restaurants, night clubs and schools, people today make clear note of escape routes. Schools, including the one attacked yesterday, regularly practice for active shooter situations.”

Barbe pointed out the effects of pervasive gun violence in the U.S. is not just affecting the general public, but the healthcare community as well.

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