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Dr. Kassirer, you served as Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine from 1991 to 1999. As you mentioned, you've used that platform to publish a series of riveting editorial pieces decrying our nation’s inattention to the problem of gun violence.

Much of what I learn as a medical student comes from peer-reviewed scientific journals. In deciding which manuscripts to publish and which to reject, these organizations have tremendous influence as far as the issues I give my attention to and the ways those issues are framed.

Based on your experience as Editor-in-Chief of one of the most widely-read medical journals in the world, what do you see as the role of scientific journals -- and their editorial committees -- in establishing gun violence prevention as a core priority among clinicians and researchers? What are the challenges associated with that effort?