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Journal of the American College of Surgeons

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We are surgeons who have committed our personal and professional lives to reducing needless suffering from injury. As leaders in the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT), we have put our hearts and souls into reducing firearm violence, yet we continue to experience the senseless tragedy of mass shooting events and the daily impact of violence on our patients and our communities. Two of us (DK, RMS) personally cared for innocent victims in 2 of the largest mass shootings in modern American history: the Las Vegas, NV and Sutherland Springs, TX tragedies, which, within a little more than a month, left 84 dead and 871 injured. We seek to provide a constructive path forward to reducing violent injury and death based on an effective and durable public health approach. Moving forward requires a new and inclusive narrative that resonates with a large percentage of Americans. We do not come to this opinion based on our personal beliefs or political affiliations. We come to this recommendation after decades of advocacy and 5 years of collective effort, inclusive dialogue, and research regarding firearm-related injury.


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