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Gun Violence A Public Health Problem

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.

 

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10:08PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

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.

9:14AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:54PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Thank you.

4:54PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Thank you.

7:42PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

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.

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Why do civilians need to purchase semi-automatic weapons for in the first place? Seems that profit and the gun lobby are running roughshod over public safety.

11:52PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

I agree "mandatory gun safety classes", but what about a medical certificate? You have to have it for driving a car which is also dangerous to others and yourself.

11:38PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Ditto, Rin.

11:35PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

I am so thankful to be living in Australia, where we have MUCH stricter gun laws.

6:38AM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Don't blame the guns when the real problem is CRAZY PEOPLE. There are millions of guns out there and the ONLY THING that more guns laws do is make it more difficult for law abiding citizens from obtaing a gun.

If they passed a law tomorrow that prevented ANYONE from buying a gun, crazy people and criminals would still be able to buy an illegal gun.

It's unfortunate that in a state like Colorado, which doesn't have restrictive gun laws, that there was nobody in that movie theatre with a legal gun that might have stopped that psycho before he killed all those people.

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