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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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