Columbus Emergency Workers Call For Gun Control
Columbus doctors and emergency personnel, Thursday, called on Congress to act against gun violence. WOSU reports the effort was part of the national movement, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. âWeâve had our medics shot out. Weâve had the front windows of our fire house shot out," Columbus Assistant Fire Chief David Whiting said. Whiting was among area emergency personnel who met at a Clintonville firehouse to call for commonsense gun regulations. âIâve been on runs, the first one there, where I have a five-year-old thatâs been shot by their brother. And theyâre dead," he recalled. Columbus Fire reports 1,800 gun-related incidents during the past five years. Whiting said the calls pose a dangerous and emotional setting. Some EMTs have begun wearing bullet-proof vests. And once the job is complete, they rely on each other for support. Nationwide Childrenâs Hospital trauma surgeon Jonathan Groner, who has treated child gunshot victims, also supports gun restrictions. And Groner urges more gun research funding. But he said the dialogue needs to change first. âPutting this in the context of a constitutional issue is really not helpful from a public health perspective...I think to get it out of that context is probably one of the big first steps. Itâs not a constitutional issue, itâs public health issue," Groner said. While failing to point to specifics, the group does support background checks.