Apr 3, 2018; San Bruno, CA, USA; Authorities react to a shooter at the YouTube Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

YouTube HQ Shooting (Photo credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports)

After YouTube HQ Shooting, Doctors Speak Out Against Gun Violence

Jenna Lane
April 04, 2018 - 4:31 pm

(KCBS RADIO) - More of the doctors who treat gunshot victims are raising their voices against gun violence in the wake of the highly publicized shootings such as Wednesday's YouTube Headquarters. As KCBS Radio's Jenna Lane reports, they describe it as an epidemic.

Dr. Andre Campbell, a trauma surgeon at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital used the YouTube shooting as an opportunity to speak out. "You'd think that after we've seen Las Vegas, Parkland, The Pulse Nightclub shooting that we wouldn't see an end to this, but we have not."

San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini addressing reporters near YouTube headquarters
San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini addressing reporters near YouTube headquarters (Photo credit: Jenna Lane/KCBS Radio)

Doctors like Michael L. Munger, President of the American Academy of Family Physicians were less surprised than they would have been a few years ago. "We are considered leaders in our communities and it's time for us to speak for the community and I think you're going to see this more and more physicians and groups standing up and saying enough."

Dr. Chris Colwell, Chief of Emergency Medicine at San Francisco General even spoke at the recent March For Our Lives against gun violence starting with Columbine, he's treated victims of mass shootings for some 20 years. And while he is careful to stick to medicine not law, he did see a difference when assault weapons were banned. "When people lose control for whatever reason drugs, alcohol,  psychiatric issues, anger issues whatever it be and you combine that with the ability to cause mass damage, so quickly." Dr. Colwell said. "You have a situation that just has to change."