Fed-up AMA doctors overwhelmingly support gun restrictions in sweeping votes

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The doctors are in—and frustrated, according to a series of votes at the American Medical Association’s annual policymaking meeting wrapping up in Chicago.

The nation’s largest physicians group overwhelmingly voted on Tuesday to adopt a series of aggressive stances on gun control and other policies aimed at curbing gun violence, according to the Associated Press. These include blanket support of assault weapon bans and disapproval of arming teachers.

 

 

The sweeping support for the measures comes amid a streak of school shootings, high rates of gun violence in inner cities, and soaring suicide rates (firearms are the most common method of suicide, accounting for roughly 49 percent, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

"We as physicians are the witnesses to the human toll of this disease," Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency-medicine specialist at Brown University, said at the meeting.

In 2016, the AMA declared gun violence an unrivaled public health crisis in the US and pushed for renewed research into causes and prevention methods.

"It has been frustrating that we have seen so little action from either state or federal legislators," said Dr. David Barbe, who ended his one-year term as AMA president this week. "The most important audience for our message right now is our legislators, and second-most important is the public, because sometimes it requires public pressure on the legislators," he told the AP.

The AMA's policymaking body, which includes many gun owners and gun supporters, voted 446 to 99 to back bans on assault weapons.

The members also voted to:

  • Support laws requiring licensing and safety training for gun owners, as well as registration of guns
  • Support any laws banning people younger than 21 from buying a gun or ammunition
  • Push for laws allowing relatives to obtain court orders to remove guns from suicidal or imminently violent individuals
  • Push for training for doctors to better recognize suicide risks in patients
  • Push for eliminating loopholes that allow people with a legal history of domestic violence, including stalking, to buy or own a firearm

The AMA represents less than a quarter of the nation’s doctors, with 243,000 members in 2017. But it has been a heavy hitter in lobbying. Between 1998 and 2011, the group was the second highest spender on lobbyists in the country, spending $263 million.

 

Thousands march across the country against gun violence

Protests took place around the country Saturday with thousands marching across New York’s Brooklyn Bridge in a movement against gun violence.

The details: The march in New York City was led by the student group, Youth Over Guns, which was formed after the Parkland school massacre in February to call on lawmakers to pass gun control measures, reports the AP.

Conservative student's parting shot at college's anti-gun policies goes viral: 'Come and take it'

A conservative woman who recently graduated from Kent State University has received threats after she took aim at her school’s anti-gun policies in a photo shoot where she carried an AR-10 and wore a cap that said, “Come and take it.”

Kaitlin Bennett, a 22-year-old Second Amendment supporter from Zanesville, Ohio and founder of Liberty Hangout at Kent State, a student media outlet that promotes libertarian values, posed in front of the Kent Student Center for the tweet that has gone viral.  

Now that I graduated from @KentState, I can finally arm myself on campus. I should have been able to do so as a student – especially since 4 unarmed students were shot and killed by the government on this campus. #CampusCarryNow,” she posted on

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Police and emergency medical vehicles were dispatched to the scene. When they arrived they located a man who had been struck by the gunfire. He was pronounced dead on the scene a short time later. It is unclear whether those involved in the incident had attended the concert, but police believe there is a strong possibility. According to Fox4KC, no information on a suspect or arrest has been released.

Yo Gotti has been quiet on the solo tip in 2018. Feature-wise, he’s been a busy man including appearances on Destructo’s “Loaded,” E-40’s “Straight Out the Dirt,” Lil Xan’s “Betrayed (Remix)” and G-Eazy’s “1942.”

Gotti’s sixth-annual Birthday Bash concert is coming up next month. The showcase is slated for June 28 and is sure to feature plenty of special guests. Lil Wayne was one of the big performers at last year’s show. In previous years, Nicki Minaj, Jeezy, Meek Mill, Rich Homie Quan, DeJ Loaf and others have graced the stage.

Check out audio of police discussing the shooting situation in Kansas City below.



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