Trauma Physicians Have Become Depressingly Prepared for Mass Shootings
The AMA deemed gun violence a public health crisis years ago
Christopher Colwell still can’t shake what he saw in the library of Columbine High School on April 20, 1999: the lifeless bodies of students who were left without time to defend themselves, crumpled under the desks they hoped would protect them.
What comes back to the emergency physician most is what he was tasked with toward the end of his time at the scene when his job was to pronounce high-schoolers dead as he searched and hoped he might find someone who could still be saved.
“The victims’ faces — the ones that were recognizable — that still comes up almost as if it weren’t 23 years ago,” he said.
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