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After Orlando shooting, doctors call gun violence a public health issue, ask for federal dollars

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MILWAUKEE -- In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando that left 49 people dead and 53 others hurt, the largest medical association in the United States wants Congress to support research on gun violence.

The American Medical Association says gun violence is a serious public health issue.

The Orlando Police Department just tweeted there has been a shooting at a Pulse Nightclub with multiple injuries. Police are asking people to stay away from the area.

Shooting at a Pulse Nightclub in Orlando

Sunday, June 19th marked one week since the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. That incident and other mass shootings, like those in San Bernardino, California and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut have some doctors calling gun violence a bio-social disease that must be addressed.

An active shooter was reported at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

Shooting at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Dr. Stephen Hargarten

Dr. Stephen Hargarten

"It is biological. Bullets rip through victims as we saw in a mass way in Orlando. It rips through victims on a daily basis in the United States," Dr. Stephen Hargarten, chair of emergency medicine at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin said.

Following the shooting in Orlando, those with the American Medical Association said they plan to lobby Congress for federal research dollars -- voting to officially call gun violence a public health issue.

"It is something that should be rigorously done. It should be peer reviewed. It should be done at the highest level -- just like we would do with any other disease," Dr. Hargarten said.

Homicide at 15th Place and Grant

Homicide at 15th Place and Grant

According to Milwaukee police, of the 50 homicides we have seen in the city in 2016, 40 were firearm-related. Of the 146 homicides we saw in 2015, 118 were firearm-related.

Candles for Milwaukee's homicide victims in 2015

Candles for Milwaukee's homicide victims in 2015

"We`re in the midst of this," Dr. Hargarten said.

Experts say it took decades for research on HIV and AIDS to make an impact and they say it could be the same situation with research on gun violence if Congress decides to allocate the funding.

Homicide at 81st and Villard

Homicide at 81st and Villard

Critics say funding for research on gun violence would be an attack on the gun industry.

In 1996, the National Rifle Association lobbied for an amendment to prevent the Centers for Disease Control from studying gun violence.

Before anything can be done, Congress would need to lift that ban.

Vigil in Orlando

Vigil in Orlando


  • Fingcrap

    There are bigger issues then the gunshot victims coming into the ER. How about the education level of the shooters or the mental stability.

  • Alpha Co.

    Any angle to try and ban guns! How about this Cracker Jack Doctor….research homosexuality, transsexuals or Islamic Muslims! Especially Muslims! We have an “epidemic” with that, more than anything else! What they are trying to build up to is that if you want to own a gun, you must have a mental illness. Treat it like a disease. Like HIV or AIDS. Notice how gun violence was lumped in with those two? Mission creep at its best! Keep pushing anti-gunners! One of these days you’re going to poke at this to the point of no return. And let me ask you this…. Is it wise for a group of individuals who are unarmed, to start a war with a group of individuals who are? Something tells me no. And before you say the police or military will stop such a thing, you better check the numbers on which side has more “soldiers”. If the taliban can make life hard for our Marines and Army, what do think it would look like here with better weapons, training and more militia?! This Civil War would be far more destructive and the end of liberalism, progressive idiology and this PC America as you know it! Good luck with that!

  • Michael Neils

    NOT a disease. It’s: I want it, you have and I’m gonna shoot you for it. Or you made me mad. I’m gonna shoot you. Or you cheated on me. I’m gonna shoot you. You have a better car then me. I’m gonna shoot you. It’s GREEDINESS, selfishness, dis-respectfulness. Even laziness. Why get a job as a young teen for $8/hour when you can sling, pimp or mule for way more. Now you have a record and will most likely never have and honest, TAX paying job. Just an assistance based existence which allows you to commit crime after crime with no time. Stealing the guns you use to commit more shootings. As far as terrorism, our POTUS is denying it exists stateside just like cities used to deny they had gangs/gang activity. Look how THAT turned out. NOT a disease NOT the gun it’s denial of the true issue at hand.

  • fuok

    No they didn’t, and no they aren’t… Dr’s are the same as any other amreicans, and they want radical, islamic, terror stopped.. Quit with the straw man arguments for gun control..

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