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ACS Offers Congressional Testimony on Firearm Research

Ronald M. Stewart, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Trauma, American College of Surgeons (ACS), testified on the College’s behalf March 7 at a U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing on firearm violence. The hearing, Addressing the Public Health Emergency of Gun Violence, focused on the need for increased government funding for firearm injury and prevention research.

Dr. Stewart’s written testimony stated the following:

At its core, the foundation of medicine, surgery and public health rests on two key principles: A dedication to the service of humanity, and a commitment to base our actions on objective scientific truth as best we can determine it. This approach absolutely requires research. The ACS knows research saves lives, and strongly believes (based on both data and previous experience) the number of firearm related deaths can be reduced through federally funded firearms research. As with other injury prevention related efforts, public health research is essential in reducing the number of firearm-related injuries and deaths. ACS knows that CDC research provides necessary data to inform efforts to reduce firearm-related injuries and deaths.

The ACS has joined more than 100 medical, public health, and research organizations in support of research funding for firearm morbidity and mortality prevention. In letters to the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the ACS asked for $50 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct research pertaining to gun violence in U.S. communities.

Read the testimony, or watch the hearing online. For more information on the College’s comments, contact Hannah Chargin, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at