We are stunned by the mass shootings and resulting loss of life in Texas and in our own backyard of Dayton. Our hearts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones, those who were injured, and the first responders, nurses and healthcare teams who delivered care for those taken from the scene. Sadly, Ohio nurses too frequently see the human impact of firearm related violence firsthand in healthcare settings across the state.
Firearm deaths in our state are just over the national averages reported by the CDC. At a time where the U.S. endures more firearm-related fatalities than any other industrialized nation, stakeholders in our communities must put politics aside and work together to identify strategies that will slow the epidemic of gun deaths. Evidence-based approaches will not only address the high medical costs to patients, families and taxpayers, but more importantly, will prevent unnecessary deaths and trauma in Ohio families and communities.