Dr. Megan Ranney studies gun violence. What she had to say about Biden’s steps toward firearm violence prevention.

Standing in the White House Rose Garden last week, President Joe Biden called gun violence in the United States a “public health epidemic” and announced a series of executive actions to address the crisis. The moment was nothing short of tremendous for those who have been working to address gun deaths in the United States for years, according Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency room physician and director of the Brown Lifespan Center for Digital Health. The Rhode Island doctor has been leading national efforts to conduct gun safety research and pushing for more federal funding for years. “It felt huge … Those of us who work in health care and public health have been saying this for years, and it’s been increasingly loud and listened to,” Ranney said. “But to have the president say it — and then put actions behind it — was just amazing.” The president’s announcement came the day after a former NFL player fatally shot five people before killing himself. It was one of a string of recent mass shootings that have claimed lives across the U.S. Last month, eight people were killed at massage businesses in the Atlanta area, and 10 people were fatally shot at a supermarket in Boulder. And eight people were shot and killed at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis late Thursday night, less than a week after Biden’s remarks. Ranney began working on violence prevention efforts as a teenager, but it was when she became an emergency room physician that […]

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