AMA Declares Gun Violence a National Health Crisis in Wake of Orlando ShootingCreated June 17, 2016 by Jesse L. in Retina Specialist
For the first time in its history, the American Medical Association has declared gun violence a public health issue. Although the AMA has taken a moderately passive stance in the past, the worst mass shooting in the country’s history-leaving 50 people dead and many critically wounded-has motivated the group to spring into action.
As the AMA is a powerful entity in Washington with significant political influence, this declaration may have implications for public policy and could lead to the lifting of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) ban on the study of gun violence.
“Even as America faces a crisis unrivaled in any other developed country, the Congress prohibits the CDC from conducting the very research that would help us understand the problems associated with gun violence and determine how to reduce the high rate of firearm-related deaths and injuries,” wrote AMA President Dr. Steven Stack.
“Let AMA be part of turning the tide to make something right,” said Dr. Mike Miller, an AMA delegate who voted in favor of this resolution.
The Retina Institute and its affiliates offer their deepest condolences to the victims of this shooting, as well as to the LGBT and Hispanic communities that have been deeply affected.
Dr. Michael Davis, the Fellowship and Educational Director for the Retina Institute, will be in Chicago representing RIC as a delegate this weekend at the annual AMA conference.