February 16, 2018
On behalf of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, its Board of Managers wishes to express our deepest sympathy to the families affected by the senseless violence in Parkland, Florida. As trauma surgeons, we see this pain and suffering on a daily basis, and we abhor the indiscriminate use of firearms for conflict resolution. Trauma remains the leading cause of death for Americans up to age 45 years. Firearms account for over 38,000 deaths and 85,000 nonfatal injuries annually in the United States. We stand by our 2016 Statement on Firearm Injuries (J Trauma Acute Care Surg, vol.80 number 6 p.849) which calls for research, better reporting and advocacy. We must find a way, as a civilized nation, to come together and stand on common ground to create a safer America for our people. We implore all branches of the government and professional organizations to work together arduously to develop and employ specific actions that stem the tide of escalating violence. While this issue continues to divide us as a nation, we can all agree that the carnage must stop. Now is the time to identify cogent solutions that protect our second amendment rights AND eliminate senseless gun violence. How many more of our people must die? How many more children must we lose?
December 21, 2012
On behalf of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), its Board of Managers wishes to express our deepest sympathy for the families impacted by the senseless violence in Newtown, Connecticut. As trauma surgeons, we are all too often called upon to provide care for victims of gun violence and see gun-related death, pain and suffering on a daily basis. Firearms kill over 30,000 Americans each year and injure another 75,000. The ease of obtaining military-style weaponry in many parts of our country is appalling. In an effort to begin to reduce the lethality of firearm violence, the AAST strongly supports the adoption of meaningful legislation that will act to severely restrict the availability and use of all military-style firearms and ammunition, and provide more effective safeguards for the acquisition and use of firearms in general. While not definitive, these actions are a start towards increasing the safety of our society for ourselves and for our children.