Dr. Stephen Hargarten to discuss firearm safety at United Nations

Nov. 14, 2013 College News - Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, Professor and Chairman of Emergency Medicine, Director of the federally-designated Injury Research Center, and Associate Dean of Global Health in the MCW Institute for Health and Society, has been invited to a special Nov. 19 meeting of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA).

In connection with a report by the UN Secretary-General to UN Member States on new technology related to marking, record-keeping and tracing of personal weapons, UNODA is organizing a series of technical consultations at UN Headquarters in New York.

Dr. Hargarten, along with representatives of industry, research institutes and other relevant stakeholders, will discuss the implications of recent developments in small arms and light weapons manufacturing, technology and design as it pertains to marking, tracing, and keeping records of purchase and ownership of those weapons.

Dr. Hargarten has dedicated much of his life’s work to preventing injury.  In 1997, he was awarded a grant to establish the nation’s first Firearm Injury Center at MCW.  Collaborating with medical examiners, law enforcement agencies, and crime labs, Dr. Hargarten led the pilot work that eventually resulted in establishing the National Violent Death Reporting System, currently in 18 states, funded by the Centers for Disease Control.

In 2001, Dr. Hargarten was instrumental in establishing the Injury Research Center at the Medical College, a federally funded center to address the burden of injury in the Great Lakes Region of the Midwest. In addition to his clinical and research experience, Dr. Hargarten has a long history of involvement in public policy advocacy for injury control, and has published over 100 research articles, editorials and chapters in the area of injury prevention.

According to the UN, small arms and light weapons are the most frequently used weapons in the majority of recent armed conflicts. In September, the UN Secretary Council passed a small arms resolution urging Member States to eliminate the supply of weapons to terrorists and other illegal entities, calling proliferation and trafficking of arms a “major factor fueling and exacerbating many conflicts.”

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