The American Medical Association House of Delegates has backed a sweeping set of actions aimed at reducing the toll of U.S. firearm deaths, including gun-violence restraining orders, tougher background checks and better data collection, among other measures, reports the AMA Wire.
“People are dying of gun violence in our homes, churches, schools, on street corners and at public gatherings, and it’s important that lawmakers, policy leaders and advocates on all sides seek common ground to address this public health crisis,” said Dr. David O. Barbe, an AMA officer.
“It doesn’t have to be this way, and we urge lawmakers to act.”
The AMA is the second major national group to weigh in this week on gun violence.
The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) released its own “action plan” on gun violence earlier this week, calling for a gun ban for individuals “legally prohibited from owning them.”
PERF, the nation’s top think tank on policing, also called for strengthening the federal Background Check system and the establishment of a robust system of licensing.
The plan, “Key Findings and an Action Plan to Reduce Gun Violence,” was released following a gathering of the nation’s big city police chiefs in Washington, D.C., and outlined a combination of legislative, law enforcement, and individual solutions to the continuing issue of gun violence.
Gun-Free School Zones
AMA delegates adopted the policy recommendations at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago. The AMA says it will advocate for schools to remain gun-free zones except for school-sanctioned activities and professional law enforcement officials, and it will oppose requirements or incentives of teachers to carry weapons.
The group also called for higher-profile recognition of the role of firearms in suicides. It said it will advocate for laws that allow family members and others to petition a court for the removal of a firearm when there is a high risk for violence; prohibit gun possession for those formally accused or convicted of domestic violence; and require states to establish protocols for removal of firearms from prohibited persons.