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American Medical Assn. Declares Gun Violence a ‘Public-Health Crisis’

The American Medical Association has adopted a new policy that calls gun violence in the United States “a public-health crisis,” the group announced on Tuesday.

The association also will lobby Congress, it said, to overturn legislation that prohibits the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching gun violence.

“An epidemiological analysis of gun violence is vital so physicians and other health providers, law enforcement, and society at large may be able to prevent injury, death, and other harms to society resulting from firearms,” Steven J. Stack, the association’s president, said in a news release.

The announcement came just days after a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. With 49 people dead, it was the deadliest such massacre in American history.

More than 6,000 people have been killed by gun violence in 2016 so far, according to the association’s news release. The group adopted policies in the 1980s supporting legislation to create a waiting period before the purchase of any firearm and a requirement of background checks for all handgun buyers, according to the release.

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