WCMS Issues Statement on Gun Violence

July 4, 2016

On 7/4/16, the WCMS Association's Executive Committee of the Board issued the following statement regarding gun violence:
The Western Carolina Medical Society agrees with the AMA’s assertion that gun violence is a public health crisis. We endorse the AMA’s call to Congress to fund research on gun violence and overturn legislation that blocks the CDC from conducting research on gun violence to reduce the high rate of firearm-related deaths and injuries. We believe that requiring background checks for all handgun purchasers and stricter enforcement of existing federal and state gun safety legislation is necessary. Finally, we believe that it is every physician’s responsibility to ask and educate patients about gun safety when clinically appropriate.