Enough is Enough: Family Physicians Call for Immediate Action to Prevent Gun Violence

Statement attributable to:
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The shooting in Uvalde marks the 212th mass shooting in the U.S. so far this year. We grieve with the families, the communities and our nation who have seen too many lives lost because of firearm violence. The AAFP has long advocated for policies that address gun violence as a public health crisis.

“Family physicians have seen first-hand the devastating impact firearm violence has had on our patients and the communities we serve. In 2020, firearms became the leading cause of death in children and adolescents. Enough is enough. It’s past time for action. Join us in advocating for the Senate to vote for H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446 so we can begin to enact policies that can save lives.”

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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 127,600 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care. Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty. To learn more about the AAFP and family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. Follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.orgkeyboard_tab