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A Call to Action: Firearms, Public Health, and Emergency Medicine

      At the time of this writing, it has been 2 months since Newtown. We have each mourned from a distance, imagining the heartbreak. We have asked ourselves what we would have done were this our community, our school, our child. We have formed opinions about what may or may not have stopped this tragedy. And we have each quietly recalled other tragedies that we have witnessed.
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      • A Call to Actions Wisely Chosen
        Annals of Emergency MedicineVol. 62Issue 4
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          The “Call to Action” by Ranney et al1 on firearms and public health is a stirring reminder of the influence of the social problems associated with the misuse of guns. The shootings last year in Aurora, CO, and Newtown, MA were deeply disturbing to all of us.
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