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There are 8 comments on Public Health Leaders Issue Call to Action on Gun Safety

  1. The biggest thing to increase firearm safety and reduce all tragic firearm related incidents is to know and follow the four rules of firearm safety…

    The Four Rules of Firearm Safety

    1. All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.

    2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. (For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1.)

    3. Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges.

    4. Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.

  2. I am thrilled to see BU and others push for discourse and a solution to this public health crisis. The hard statistics indicate how absurd this situation has become. It defies logic that there are so many guns in the US. And further defies logic that elected officials have been negligent in taking no action while hundreds of US citizens are killed by guns every year. I hope for all of our safety and well being thar something is finally done about this threat.

  3. Responsible gun owners and hunters are all in favor of gun safety. Hunters willingly take hunter safety courses. On the contrary, gang members do not take gun safety classes. Thus, those who are truly interested in public health need to address the root cause of gun violence in the USA which is gangs and drug trafficking not guns per se. So long as public health officials choose the blame guns, the problems we face with gun violence will continue.

    The few tragic cases of mass shootings and accidental discharges of firearms by children actually account from a very small albeit poignant portion of annual gun related injuries and deaths.

    Finally, gun deaths in rural areas due to the greater time it takes to get the patient suffering from a gun shot wound due to hunting accidents etc. to trauma center need to be addressed by those who are serious about reducing run related deaths. Heretofore, public health researchers have used these tragic deaths to make it appear as if more people die in areas with less strict gun control.

    Perhaps this new pro second amendment administration will final force the hand of those who have used the public health argument into actually doing something to improve public health for change rather than using their political clout to push for ill conceived gun control schemes that do nothing more than create new defenseless victims for would be perpetrators of crime.

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