The House Judiciary Committee today held a hearing on preventing gun violence. Witnesses included Joseph Sakran, director of emergency general surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, who testified as a trauma surgeon, survivor of gun violence and board member of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Sakran described how he was randomly shot at age 17 when a fight broke out near his high school, inspiring him to become a trauma surgeon. “Every day, we are the ones on the front line caring for patients who suffer injuries from bullets … telling families that their loved ones are never coming home,” Sakran said. He called for a broad multidisciplinary, multi-strategy approach supported by science and research, similar to the approach used to prevent motor vehicle injuries and death. Also testifying at the hearing were students, a law professor and representatives from the Baltimore City Sherriff’s Office, Houston Police Department, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and Kids Off the Block, a Chicago-based group that helps low-income youth find alternatives to gangs and violence.

Related News Articles

Blog
As a steward of its community’s health, North Philadelphia’s Temple University Hospital knows it is uniquely positioned to address the public
Headline
Temple University Hospital wants to slow the rate of Philadelphia street killings by helping teenagers understand the gritty reality of gun violenc
Headline
Discovering that people treated for gunshot wounds in your hospital are 21 times more likely to get shot again and wind up back in the hospital is
Headline
Mark Gestring, M.D., a trauma surgeon at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center (URMC), was fed up seeing teenagers arrive at the trauma