After yet another week of multiple mass shootings, it is only natural to feel despondent. At times, I share those emotions. As both a practicing emergency physician and a researcher focusing on firearm injury prevention, I see the damage caused by our uniquely American epidemic every day.
But I also have hope. Congress appropriated funds to the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to invest in firearm injury prevention research in the 2020 budget for the first time in 24 years. Private organizations such as Kaiser Permanente and the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research are also committing funds, and President Biden has dedicated resources to evaluating community violence interventions…read more.