Guest Commentary: Colorado doctors need research to help them prevent gun deaths

Guest Commentary: Colorado doctors need research to help them prevent gun deaths

Gun Rights

(Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post Greg Sorensen, chair of Denver INC (Inter-neighborhood Cooperation), writes on the board, goals expressed during a community forum to talk about the aftermath of the STEM School shooting, Colorado. INC helped organize the gathering on May 29 in Denver for parents, students and local legislators to talk about ideas to keep people from shooting kids. We live in a country where gun violence is never far from our mind. Just last week, news alerts notified us of yet another tragedy, this time in Virginia Beach, that horrified and saddened the nation. But I didn’t have time to dwell on this tragedy, because I was busy seeing patients in my clinic in Fort Collins. On any given day, many of my patients share personal stories and fears about gun violence — some have lost relatives to gun suicide, others are parents who are scared to drop their kids off at school, and others can’t bear to read or watch the onslaught of news stories about gun violence because it is affecting their sleep and ability to function. More and more it feels like the trauma of gun violence is inescapable — but it doesn’t have to be this way. As stewards of public health, physicians have a unique perspective on the dangers of gun violence. We see firsthand the physical and psychological damage it causes to the people we took an oath to heal. But to treat gun violence as the public health […]

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