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Should Gun Violence Be Treated As A Public Health Issue?

In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 file photo, a customer checks out a shotgun at Burdett & Son Outdoor Adventure Shop in College Station, Texas. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 file photo, a customer checks out a shotgun at Burdett & Son Outdoor Adventure Shop in College Station, Texas. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

In the U.S., guns kill more than 30,000 people every year. That’s 85 people a day killed in homicides, suicides and gun-related accidents. Think about those numbers in the wake of the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26 people. Tragic as it was, 26 dead represent fewer gun deaths than the daily U.S. average.

As we know, Newtown has sparked a new debate about gun control, but some say it’s time to approach guns as a public health issue — like smoking or automobile safety.

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  • PI

    I thought this piece was poorly done. Your host was doing his level best to goad the guest into saying that guns are evil. The guest had to remind your host that bearing arms, unlike access to a cigarette or a car, is a Constitutionally protected right. I have come to expect a much higher standard from WBUR.

  • X-Ray

    There is no a thing as “Gun Violence”. Would you call a injury inflicted by
    a drunken driver as “Car Violence”? Of course not. A gun, even a so-called
    “Assault Weapon” does not do anything until it is picked up, loaded, aimed and
    fired. Calling it “Gun Violence” deflects the responsibility from the real cause
    of the violence, the operator. It also obfuscates the path needed actions to
    ameliorate the problem.

    • http://www.facebook.com/edwnorris Ed Norris

      It’s called ‘gun violence’ because it’s violence carried out with a gun.  It’s a simple descriptive phrase.  Your own guilt is the only thing making it any more pejorative than that.  Get over your own agenda.

      • Trollarc

         Lets get back to this. If gun control fixes the issue we would be wrong not to consider it. Does someone here have a link showing how many people who attacked these innocent people had their firearms legally? I want this information because it shows that there is a regulation that would clearly prevent these people from obtaining these weapons.

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