The Ethics and Politics of Gun Violence Research

Jennifer Cone, Brian Williams, David Hampton, Priya Prakash, Peter Bendix, Kenneth Wilson, Selwyn Rogers, Tanya Zakrison

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Gun violence is an epidemic that affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. Despite gun violence being disproportionately more lethal than other leading causes of trauma, there is a dearth of research being carried out on its root causes and prevention strategies. For the past 20 years, lobbying and politics have interfered with the forward progress of gun violence research. Physicians have a history of producing actionable public-health change and have an ethical obligation to fight for the research that will benefit their patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)983-987
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • NRA
  • firearm research
  • firearm violence
  • gun research
  • gun violence
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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