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OPINION

Dr. Junck: Ban guns from schools

I am writing to express the support of the leadership of the Washtenaw County Medical Society for legislation to restrict gun possession in schools, day care centers, hospitals, nursing homes, bars, sport arenas, concert halls, and places of worship.

The work of physicians focuses not only on diagnosing and treating medical problems but also on minimizing health risks. The presence of a gun in such locations represents a risk to those present. The presence of a visible gun contributes to a climate of fear, disrupting the ongoing event, as occurred at a recent choir concert at Ann Arbor’s Pioneer High.

On behalf of the leadership of our society, which consists of 1260 physicians concerned with the health of the residents of Washtenaw County, I express our support for the actions of the Ann Arbor Board of Education to prohibit guns from schools. We also support the opinions expressed by many parents and others commenting about this incident, that guns have no place in such environments. We urge others to work toward prohibiting guns from such locations.

Dr. Larry Junck, president,

Washtenaw County Medical Society