SURGICAL PERSPECTIVE A British Perspective on the American College of Surgeons Conversation About Firearm Safety Ara Darzi, FACS, OM, KBE, PC, FRS, FMedSci, HonFREng Keywords: education, firearms, gunshot, policy, trauma be controversial, with several fellows of the ACS resigning from the organization in protest. (Ann Surg 2018;267:430–431) A survey of ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) members, representing all US states and specialties, presented at the 2016 s a long time friend of the US and a regular visitor to its shores, I American Association for the Surgery of Trauma’s annual meeting, A am a great admirer of the American narrative of freedom, found over half believe guns are necessary to keep people safe. For entrepreneurialism, and self-reliance. These are values that I have them, as for many among the wider public, the right to bear arms is a held dear all my life as an innovator and policy maker, struggling to totemic issue of personal freedom. achieve change against an often lead-footed and inefficient state. At the same time, 30% of ACS members believe gun owner- So, it is not without trepidation that I enter the gun control ship puts their personal safety at risk. They view firearms as
Annals of Surgery – Wolters Kluwer Health
Published: Mar 1, 2018
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