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Doctors’ Role to Promote Gun Safety

Is gun violence a public health problem? It depends on who you ask.  If you ask the National Rifle Association (NRA), they say no. Public health experts: they will probably say yes.

There are things that healthcare professionals as well as educators can do to lower the threats that guns pose to children and families. Young kids do not know what to do when they see a gun: walk away, get out of the area, and tell an adult.

“Lock your medicine chest so that kids don’t get in there and steal medicines” a lot of physicians advise their patients. How about “Lock your gun so that kids don’t get in to it,” and “store ammunition separate”?

I am not a political person and do not get involved with the gun ownership argument. I do believe, though, that owning a gun is a responsibility as much as it is a right. Own a gun Responsibly. 

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