PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Friday, December 21, 2012

A Push For Doctors To Ask About Guns

General manager Steve Alcairo holds an HK USP 9mm handgun while being interviewed at High Bridge Arms Inc. in San Francisco on Wednesday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

General manager Steve Alcairo holds an HK USP 9mm handgun while being interviewed at High Bridge Arms Inc. in San Francisco on Wednesday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

In the wake of any mass shooting, people ask, “How do we keep this from happening again?”

Gun control, mental health services and how we approach everyday security, all play a roll.

Tufts University School of Medicine professor Dr. Jerome Kassirer wrote in the Archives of Internal Medicine about how we should approach guns in America from this point on.

He suggested that physicians should be allowed to ask about guns in the home, and be encouraged to talk with patients about gun use and ownership.

Kassirer also warns against the urge to profile those that appear to fit the criteria of a possible shooter, saying that more innocent people would be caught by such profiles than possible shooters.

Guest:

  • Dr. Jerome Kassirer, professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

June 6 Comment

Introducing A New Here & Now Website

Coming June 9, 2016, Here & Now listeners and visitors will experience our stories and journalism online in a whole new way.

June 3 Comment

Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

June 3 3 Comments

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

June 2 13 Comments

Do Meal Kits Provide Great Taste Along With Convenience?

Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.