Gun Violence A Public Health Problem

 

As details of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado emerge it is an unfortunate reminder that gun violence is a chronic public health issue unaddressed in this country. And thanks to the unaccountable dollars of groups like the National Rifle Association, it’s unlikely that crisis will be properly addressed anytime soon.

Here’s just a sampling of the gun violence Care2 bloggers have covered in recent years.

Guns Now Kill More People Than Cars In Ten States

Zimmerman A Poster Child For Gun Lobby

Update: Confirmed Congress Is Owned By The NRA

Militia Wins Big In Domestic Terror Case

Virginia Tech Ruled Negligent In 2007 Massacre

Update: Remembering 9/11 In A Post-Columbine World

This is, unfortunately, just a sample.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and for all Americans who must reckon, again, with the undeniable fact that this country’s love affair with guns only ends in tragedy.

 

Photo from robertnelson via flickr.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R1 months ago

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Jeanne R1 months ago

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Jeanne R1 months ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R1 months ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R1 months ago

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Marilyn Slack
Marilyn Slack4 years ago

I personally feel that gun and self protection classes are an excellent item and should be taught to all children in school. I feel that it should rank as high as home econ. or health. May I also say that taking the guns from the good, will not remove the guns from the bad. I will say that Unfortunately people do not see that our young children sit and play video games with violence, most of the top movies involve violence and killing. My dad taught me how to dis-assemble, clean, re-assemble and at 5 I was shooting a BB gun. I watched my pumpkin explode so that I understood that guns destroyed and killed. And that my pumpkin would not be put back together and be in another violent show the next day. Education is the answer along with allowing those that have CCW and can demonstrate the ability to protect other citizens to carry their protection in all locations. If there were an armed person at that school, theater, or where ever, that person would probably reduce the number dead. Yes, I am a woman and I would not hesitate to protect innocent victims. I pray that our superiors can see that if advanced trained people carry, they can assist in the reduction and if they pass laws on videos with violence things could be changed.

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Duane B.
.4 years ago

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James Merit5 years ago

Thank you.

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LMj Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

Thank you.

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Tim Vettel
Tim A V5 years ago

Gun Lobby funds a Politician => Politicians cut funding to Law Enforcement => Crime goes up => Citizen feel unsafe and want Guns => Politician weakens gun control laws => Gun sales sky rocket => Gun Lobby funds Politician.

You want to feel safe vote for Politicians that talk about Increasing the number of Law Enforcement agents on the ground, as well as working to sponsor Community building. It is well documented that crime is at its highest in neighborhoods that have highly mobile and isolated residents. In other words people are never home and/or do not get to know the people in their neighborhood.

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