Statement from the American College of Physicians on the shootings in Oregon

October 1, 2015 -- The American College of Physicians, the largest medical specialty organization in the United States, expresses its sorrow about the horrific shootings in Oregon. We reiterate our position that firearm violence is a major public health problem that must be addressed by sensible regulations to reduce the likelihood of such tragic events. This year we developed and published a series of recommendations, part of a "call to action" to reduce firearm violence, in conjunction with 6 other medical professional societies, the American Public Health Association, and the American Bar Association. This paper and the associated recommendations has now been endorsed by 51 health care, legal, patient/consumer, and other organizations.

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