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Friday, December 21, 2012

A Push For Doctors To Ask About Guns

General manager Steve Alcairo holds an HK USP 9mm handgun while being interviewed at High Bridge Arms Inc. in San Francisco on Wednesday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

General manager Steve Alcairo holds an HK USP 9mm handgun while being interviewed at High Bridge Arms Inc. in San Francisco on Wednesday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

In the wake of any mass shooting, people ask, “How do we keep this from happening again?”

Gun control, mental health services and how we approach everyday security, all play a roll.

Tufts University School of Medicine professor Dr. Jerome Kassirer wrote in the Archives of Internal Medicine about how we should approach guns in America from this point on.

He suggested that physicians should be allowed to ask about guns in the home, and be encouraged to talk with patients about gun use and ownership.

Kassirer also warns against the urge to profile those that appear to fit the criteria of a possible shooter, saying that more innocent people would be caught by such profiles than possible shooters.

Guest:

  • Dr. Jerome Kassirer, professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.

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  • JerroldRichards

    About the sad music at the end of this segment, about the moment of silence this morning, and so forth, uh, not wanting to spoil the mood or anything, but isn’t Newtown a town of gun nuts? Isn’t this tragedy at least to some extent the chickens coming home to roost?

    • Evilmonkeymike

      Wow, sad.

  • Andrew Kerber

    This doctor is astonishingly ignorant for a doctor.  Does he not realize that gun violence isnt even on the top 5 causes of accidental death in the US.  Its clear he has a political agenda, since he says nothing about the major causes of accidental death in the US, falls, drowning, poisoning, motor vehicle accidents, fires, and choking.  The last time I checked, guns werent even in the top 10.  Evidently the doctor doesnt even understand the term Weapon of Mass destruction, since he referred to firearms as ‘weapons of mass destruction’.  This doctor is appallingly ignorant, and should probably lose his license to practice if his skills as a doctor are as poor as his skills at objective analysis.

    • Terrance

      The NRA is big on gun safety.   Why can’t the medical profession also address gun safety?

    • Flowerpot

      Dear Mr. Kerber,  your statement is misguided.  Dr. Kassirer’s point is not to address the causes of accidental death (of which mass shootings do not account for since each of the cases in the past 5 years have been more accurately described as pre-meditated mass murder).  Rather Dr. Kassirer, and a clinician looking at the well being of a society at large, eloquently addresses steps that need to be take to prevent the horrific loss of lives that occurrs from irresponsible gun distribution. 

  • Peggy OKane

    Dr. Kassirer has been a great moral leader in medicine.  So great that he is taking up this important issue in such a practical and thoughtful way.

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