Gun violence continues to be a major public health threat in the U.S. Within the first 6 months of 2022 alone, there have been more than 300 mass shootings, including numerous massacres at schools, shopping stores, and most recently at a 4th of July parade. In 2020, data from the CDC indicated that more than 45,000 individuals in the U.S. died from a firearm-related event. This was the highest number ever recorded since the CDC began tracking firearm related deaths in the 1960s. While mass shootings dominate the headlines, a seemingly endless barrage of gun-related homicides, suicides, and injuries continue to plague the US President Biden recently signed into law the most significant package of federal gun restrictions in decades. It strengthened background checks, aimed to close the “boyfriend loophole," and strengthened school safety and mental health programs. Notably, an assault-style rifle ban was not included in the bill.
In this "call for papers," we are soliciting manuscripts addressing the following topics related to gun violence and gun violence prevention:
- Mass shootings
- Epidemiologic trends in gun violence and gun ownership
- Homicides and/or suicides related to gun violence
- Health policy considerations pertaining to gun violence
- Intimate partner/domestic violence
- Cost considerations related to gun violence (e.g., long term outcomes for individuals injured by gun violence)
- Social determinants of health and their relationship to gun violence
Manuscripts that are submitted as part of this "call for papers" will undergo AOSO's regular peer review process and be subject to the appropriate article-processing charge depending on the manuscript type. Manuscripts should be formatted according to the author instructions for AOSO via the online submission system. In the editorial manager, please ensure that you select the correct "call for papers" option and indicate in your cover letter that the submission should be considered in the "Gun Violence call for papers."
Luke Funk, MD, MPH, FACS
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