By David Doochin
In light of the country’s most recent major mass shooting in Parkland, Florida last month, many are calling for gun violence to be classified as a public health epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly three thousand Americans die from gun violence each month, but a 1996 federal law bars the CDC from conducting research on guns that Congress worries could be used to advocate for gun control.
Adam Goldstein is a UNC professor of family medicine and co-author of two recent studies investigating the tie between gun violence and public health. He’s looking at the role physicians play in evaluating their patients’ fitness to carry firearms.