gun safety

'Any guns or weapons?': Pediatricians think checkups should include gun safety

Dec 26, 2018
SARAH FENTEM | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

As a pediatric surgeon at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Dr. Bo Kennedy has seen firsthand how bullets can shatter tiny bodies.

He’s collected dozens of horror stories from his time in the hospital’s emergency department, including the time a 3-year-old boy stuck a loaded gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.

“That’s what he did with his water pistol to get a drink out of it,” Kennedy said. “And obviously he didn’t survive.”

Government health agencies have spent more than two decades shying away from gun violence research, but some say the new spending bill, signed by President Trump on Friday, will change that.

That is because, in agency instructions that accompany the bill, there is a sentence noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence.

Photo courtesy of Jay Zimmerman

Jay Zimmerman got his first BB gun when he was 7, and his first shotgun when he was 10.

“Growing up in Appalachia, you look forward to getting your first firearm,” he said, “probably more so than your first car.”

For This Man, Reducing Gun Violence Is A Life’s Mission

Jul 5, 2016

As the ancient Chinese proverb says, from crisis comes opportunity. That is certainly true for Garen Wintemute, a leading gun-violence researcher and emergency room doctor who finds “teaching moments” in the grief-filled days and weeks following mass shootings in America.

He is using a window of opportunity recently opened by the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., to bring attention to the issue.