Medical Coalition: High Capacity Magazines a Public Heath Threat

AP Photo/Allen Breed
AP Photo/Allen Breed

On Monday, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) announced it was teaming up with the American Bar Association and seven other health organizations to form a “coalition” treating guns as a public health threat, focusing on ammunition magazine capacity.

According to AAFP’s announcement, the coalition presupposes “firearm violence is a public health issue…[that] needs to be addressed from a public health perspective.” The coalition believes the remedy to this health issue lies in gun control regulations that “are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment of the Constitution.”

These regulations include banning the manufacture and sale of “high capacity” magazines. They also include expanding retail background checks to include private and gun shows sales so everyone will go through the same background check Jerad and Amanda Miller (Las Vegas cop killers), Elliot Rodger (Santa Barbara), Ivan Lopez (Fort Hood 2014), Darion Marcus Aquilar (Maryland mall), Karl Halverson Pierson (Arapahoe High School), Paul Ciancia (LAX), Aaron Alexis (DC Navy Yard), James Holmes (Aurora theater), Jared Loughner (Gabby Giffords’ attacker), and Nidal Hasan (2009 Fort Hood gunman), went through to get their guns.

At the same time, the coalition joined by AAFP opposes “blanket reporting laws that require physicians to report patients with mental or substance use disorders,” because such reporting may “stigmatize patients and keep them from seeking treatment.”

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