Northwell CEO: Gun violence is a health issue

Northwell CEO: Gun violence is a health issue

Northwell Health president and CEO Michael J. Dowling, seen on April 4, called gun violence in the United States "a health care epidemic." Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp The CEO of Long Island’s largest health system called gun violence in the United States “a health care epidemic.” Michael J. Dowling, president and chief executive of Northwell Health, said in a phone interview that laws should be passed that make it harder for Americans with mental health issues to buy a gun. “There is no perfect solution to any of this, but to have anyone with certain depression tendencies to be able to buy a gun doesn’t make sense,” Dowling said Thursday, a day before another U.S. mass shooting, which killed 10 in Santa Fe, Texas. “Screening should be unbelievably strengthened.” The American Public Health Association and American Association of Nurse Practitioners have also called gun violence an American health crisis, while other health care organizations have called for more restrictions on who can purchase a firearm. About 38,000 Americans are killed by gun violence annually, according to the American Public Health Association, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group. “The issue of gun violence is complex and deeply rooted in our culture, which is why we must take a public health approach to ensuring our families and communities are safe,” the association wrote in a statement. “Ongoing work is needed to ensure firearms do not fall into the wrong hands.” The National Rifle Association has pushed back on claims that gun violence […]

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