ACEP President Issues Revised Statement on Violence

September 25, 2016
The following statement is from ACEP President Jay A. Kaplan, MD, FACEP:

As an organization that represents more 37,000 emergency physicians around the country and the world, the American College of Emergency Physicians applauds our members who stand on the front lines of the violence that occurs in our country every day. Some of that violence makes the nightly news. Sadly, the majority does not.

Our members treat victims and perpetrators, abusers and the abused, law enforcement officers, paramedics, firefighters, prisoners, and death row inmates. We treat the destitute and the wealthy, men and women, citizens and foreigners, and Presidents and pariahs.

ACEP members do it without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, creed, nationality, socioeconomic class or the ability to pay. We daily see in our emergency departments victims of violence and abuse who no one ever hears about and who we continue to worry about; sometimes that violence is directed against us, just as it is against the law enforcement officers with whom we work.

We are saddened by recent events that that seem to dominate the news every day, as well as by the stories we experience recurrently which do not make the news. We join the call for an honest dialogue about how to turn the tide on the lack of humanity and compassion that leads to the violence we witness outside and inside our departments every hour of every day. Until the day it ends, our members will be on duty around the country to heal the wounds that afflict the victims and our country.

  1. #1 by Arlo Weltge MD - September 26th, 2016 at 09:27

    Well stated. This recognizes we take care of all who need emergency care, regardless of circumstance. Thank you for your leadership on this on behalf of our members. AW

  2. #2 by Hamad Husainy - September 27th, 2016 at 08:55

    Well stated and something our entire organization should be able to get behind. HH

  3. #3 by Patrick - September 29th, 2016 at 06:52

    weak statement. Doesn’t address the issue of gun control.

  4. #4 by George - September 29th, 2016 at 14:42

    Just renewed my dues. Wasn’t sure I was going to after the initial statement. Thank you for taking a more appropriate, reflective, inclusive and professional stance.

  5. #5 by Chip - October 1st, 2016 at 05:57

    Well stated. Thanks!

  6. #6 by Douglas Char - October 1st, 2016 at 07:38

    This statement is fully supportive of Emergency Medicine’s continued devotion to caring for all victims of violence regardless of their position in society. Thank you. However it no longer raises our consciousness on the issue of gun violence and the health disparities that some in our nation are burden by. Being fully supportive of law enforcement and first responders should not mean that we can’t as a College discuss tough questions in an open and professional forum

  7. #7 by Enrique Enguidanos - October 1st, 2016 at 08:50

    I feel this statement is “spot on”. It recognizes the work we do everyday in our ED’s confronting this difficult issue, and most importantly calls for continued dialogue on an issue our entire nation continues to struggle with.
    Thanks for putting this statement out!

  8. #8 by Sullivan Smith - October 1st, 2016 at 09:17

    That’s my ACEP! Standing and cheering in Tennessee!

  9. #9 by Robert Margulies - October 1st, 2016 at 20:09

    This statement was published after the original statement was withdrawn due to the clear political bias and unprofessional attitude.
    If you wish to discuss “firearm control”, what are your qualifications? Political opinions are not qualifications.
    Evidence and documented expertise are appropriate.

  10. #10 by Gary Green - October 6th, 2016 at 13:24

    Very disappointing – original statement was accurate, honest and brave in specifically recognizing and condemning the pervasive racism in our society as a whole and within law enforcement as a direct contributor of the violence that we all see in our communities and deal with at our jobs. While everything in the revised statement is also correct and laudable, it is a sad statement on the politics of ACEP that its leader must retreat from the original wholly appropriate statement.

  11. #11 by Yr Frackers - October 21st, 2016 at 12:45

    Stupid, nasty, lazy and greedy. Stay out of American ERs if you value your mental, physical and sexual health.

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