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Gun Violence: A Public Health Epidemic?


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This is not a discussion about the 2nd Amendment or about the “right to bear arms.”  This is an analysis of the public health impact of violence and scientific strategies to reduce injuries and deaths from firearms.  

Georges Benjamin, the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, believes we have a gun violence “epidemic.” With over 30,000 people in America dying annually from firearm-related violence, he believes “we should track it, find the root causes, use science to find research gaps, create policy solutions and use mass public education campaigns to eradicate the threat.” He argues that scientific methods were used in the face of increasing deaths from automobile accidents to great success and that scientists should be allowed to study gun violence just as they did for Ebola.

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