The Role of Physicians in the Violence Epidemic
CMAJ June 10, 2019 191 (23) E644
By Cécile Rousseau, Ghayda Hassan and Rochelle Frounfelker
According to the World Health Organization, preventing violence is a multifaceted mandate of public health, which requires strategies that are adapted to local and national social contexts. 1 In an editorial, Dr. Matthew Stanbrook argues that physicians should play a role in advocating for gun control from a public health perspective. 2 Brian Owens’ article 3 on the role of physicians in addressing gun violence emphasizes not only the much-needed role of physicians in developing policies on gun safety, but also the existence of social and political obstacles to this form of advocacy in North America.