American Medical Association Backs ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

Group also supports nationwide gun-owners database and a ban on the purchase of guns and by people less than 21 years old…

American Medical Association Backs "Assault Weapons" Ban(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) On the two-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, the American Medical Association passed a resolution calling for the government to prohibit the sale and ownership of “assault style weapons,” according to ModernHealthcare.

AMA created a list of demands for gun reform that went beyond a ban on “assault style weapons.”

They called for the government to outlaw bump stocks, “high-capacity magazines,” and “armor-piercing bullets.”

The group also said it will support a nationwide gun-owners database, a ban on the purchase or possessions of guns and ammunition by people less than 21 years old, and tighter restrictions on people convicted of domestic violence.

Finally, the AMA resolution calls for legislation allowing family members to request that law enforcement remove weapons from the homes of potentially violent and/or suicidal people.

The AMA said it decided to act because of the 6,300 deaths from gun violence so far in 2018, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

The shooting on June 12, 2016 prompted the AMA to declare gun violence a public health crisis on June 14.

The 2016 resolution said gun violence required a comprehensive public health response and solution, according to AMA.


More importantly, the AMA House of Delegates decided to “actively lobby Congress to overturn legislation that for 20 years has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from researching gun violence.”

The AMA began its campaign immediately, with President Steven J. Stack, M.D saying, “With approximately 30,000 men, women and children dying each year at the barrel of a gun in elementary schools, movie theaters, workplaces, houses of worship and on live television, the United States faces a public health crisis of gun violence.”

Nearly two-thirds of the 30,000 people who die from a gun each year commit suicide, according to the Department of Justice.

The AMA succeeded this year when President Donald Trump signed the Omnibus spending bill, which contained language allowing the CDC to research gun violence.