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Observations Yankee Doodling

Yet another US massacre with a semi-automatic rifle

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 02 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1024
  1. Douglas Kamerow, senior scholar, Robert Graham Center for policy studies in primary care, professor of family medicine at Georgetown University, and associate editor, The BMJ
  1. dkamerow{at}

Can outraged Florida students move us to action this time?

My wife and I were on a small ship in a remote part of Patagonia when the news reached us: another US school shooting, this one on Valentine’s Day. Seventeen students and teachers were killed in Florida by a disaffected 19 year old with a semi-automatic rifle. We followed the reaction from afar. Shock and sadness from the community and the nation, grieving parents and teachers, stories of unimaginable pain and heroism. Calls for new laws and restrictions, with proposals ranging from disarming those with mental illness to arming all teachers to protect themselves and their students.

Sadly, this is now a familiar drill in the US.1 We are outraged, the story dominates the news for a few …

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