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AMA establishes taskforce to prevent US gun violence

BMJ 2022; 379 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o2777 (Published 17 November 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;379:o2777
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

The American Medical Association (AMA) is setting up a taskforce to prevent gun violence in the US and the use of firearms in suicide.

The new policy adopted at the interim meeting of the AMA on 14 November will also increase collaboration between the AMA and other organisations in litigation related to firearm safety.1

Over the past two decades the AMA has made 16 policy statements to curb gun availability and increase public safety, but gun violence has remained a problem.

It said in a statement, “With more than 45 000 firearm related deaths in the US each year and, until earlier this year, more than 30 years of Congressional inaction on the matter, the AMA today adopted policy to establish a task force focused on firearm violence prevention, including firearm involved suicide. Additionally, the new policy calls on the AMA to …

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