A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Gun Violence: Creating Our Lane

  • Kimia Etemadi AT Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine-Arizona


On December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut suffered the loss of 20 students and staff members to a gunman.1On June 12, 2016, the nation’s worst mass shooting in history left 49 innocent people dead and at least 58 injured in an Orlando, Florida night club.2 On October 1, 2017 more than 50 people died and over 500 were fatally injured after a gunman opened fire at the Mandalay Bay Resort during a country concert in Las Vegas, California.96 Americans are killed as a result of gun-related suicide, homicide, and accidental incidents every day.3 Nearly 1600 teens die every year due to gun violence with children of color being 15 times more likely to die compared to teens who identify as Caucasian.3 To address these alarming statistics, the American College of Physicians published a position paper on October 30, 2018 titled, “Reducing Firearm Injuries and Deaths in the United States”.4 On November 7, 2018, the National Rifle Association (NRA) replied to that publication with the following statement: “Someone should tell the self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane.5