Strictly regulate sale of semi-automatics, accessories, and ammo, urge US trauma doctors

The sale of semi-automatic magazine-fed rifles, their booster accessories, and high volume ammunition, should be strictly regulated, to halt the "senseless" firearms violence that plagues the United States, say trauma surgeons in their manifesto for curbing gun injury, published online in the journal Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open.

The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) Board of Managers recognises that firearm ownership is a constitutionally protected right in the US, but insists that steps must be taken by the federal government and professional bodies to protect the nation from the physical and psychological harms associated with firearm violence.

Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans up to the age of 45. Gun injuries account for more than 38,000 deaths and at least 85,000 non-fatal injuries every year in the US, affecting "countless families and communities," says the AAST executive.

"As , we see and abhor this pain and suffering on a daily basis," it says.

"The root of the problem is a complex interaction of firearm access, behavioral health, and a culture tolerant of aggression," all of which adds up to "an unacceptable public health problem."

Research, innovation, technology and cooperation are needed to systematically tackle this crisis in much the same way that these approaches have successfully driven down car crash deaths by 27 percent over the past 20 years, it says.

To that end, the AAST has produced a manifesto containing 14 recommendations for all branches of government and professional organizations to adopt "in an attempt to stem the tide of deaths from firearm violence and support safe firearm ownership."

These include:

  • Strengthening the criminal record checks system
  • Applying these checks to all firearm sales
  • Standardising the waiting period between gun purchase and delivery
  • Promoting responsible firearm ownership with safety training
  • Strict regulation of the sale of semi automatics, booster accessories, such as trigger activators, and high volume ammunition
  • Reporting all firearm sales to the appropriate agency
  • Obliging gun owners to report lost or stolen weapons to the police
  • Removing firearms from those accused of domestic violence and those threatening violence until such time as their cases have been heard/issues resolved

"We think it is imperative that we work together to make our population safe from injury due to firearm . These actions, while not definitive, are a start towards a safer, stronger, and more united America," says the AAST.

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More information: Editorial: AAST statement on firearm injury, DOI: 10.1136/tsaco-2018-000204
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Aug 07, 2018
IMHO you should stay out of things that are beyond your ability to understand. We already have a plethora of laws, that work IF APPLIED and enforced. Go to Chicago and solve THAT problem, and then maybe you might come up with some useful ideas. This is just standard knee jerk gun control Nazi regurgitation.

Aug 08, 2018
The best part of their conclusion, the type of guns they propose to strictly regulate, are the guns least used in shootings.

Aug 08, 2018
What exactly are "booster accessories and high volume ammunition?" Do they mean purchasing large amounts of ammunition at a time? If so, this saves the purchaser money just like when someone purchases a case of toilet paper. The cost per round is cheaper in bulk than in smaller purchases just like cost per sheet of toilet paper is less when purchased by a case rather than a roll. In both instances the purchaser does not necessarily need that amount of product at that moment but it will get used. People that are firearm enthusiasts go to the firing range frequently and it is easy to go through 100 rounds of ammunition in less than an hour of shooting.

I am not sure what booster accessories are supposed to be unless it is any accessory that can be purchased for firearms that people who are unfamiliar with firearms somehow think cause the weapon to be more scary.

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