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U.S. Surgeon General Declares Gun Violence a Public Health Crisis

The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, has declared gun violence a public health crisis in America, marking the first time such an advisory has been issued by the office. This declaration comes in response to the alarming statistic that firearm-related injuries have become the leading cause of death among children and adolescents in the United States, surpassing other causes such as car accidents and drug overdoses. The advisory emphasizes the need for a comprehensive public health approach to address this crisis, including strategies to reduce the impact of firearm violence on individuals, families, and communities. It highlights the disproportionate impact of gun violence on certain communities and calls for preventative measures to mitigate the risks associated with firearms.

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