AMA Declares Gun Violence a 'Public Health Crisis'
On the heels of America's deadliest mass shooting in Florida over the weekend, the American Medical Association has voted to declare gun violence a "public health crisis." With more than 200,000 members, constituting the largest physicians' association in the U.S., the AMA said that the appalling number of gun-related deaths in the U.S. requires a "comprehensive public health response and solution."
While other doctor's groups, including the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Physicians, have declared gun violence a public health crisis in the U.S., the AMA -- which represents all 50 state medical associations -- largely avoided that sort of specific and, for many, politically charged phrasing in its past statements on the topic
Calling American gun violence "unrivaled in any other developed country," the group's governing board voted to apply the "public health crisis" language during its annual meeting in Chicago. The meeting began on Sunday -- the day that millions of Americans woke up to the news that a lone shooter had murdered 49 people and wounded more than 50 others at a nightclub in Orlando just hours earlier.