Gun violence is a public health crisis, US surgeon general declares

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy listens during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing entitled "Why Are So Many American Youth in a Mental Health Crisis? Exploring Causes and Solutions," on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2023. REUTERS/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/File Photo

The U.S. surgeon general declared gun violence in the country a public health crisis on Tuesday, calling on Americans to act to prevent rising firearm-related deaths and their cascading effects, particularly on Black Americans, young Americans and other populations.