#GunCrisis Solution of the Day: Target gun violence as a social disease

A police car headlight illuminates a spent shell casing found at the scene of a double shooting which left one man in critical condition Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Photo by Joe Kaczmarek.

Learning about public health solutions to the epidemic of gun violence was one of the pivotal inspirations driving the launch of the #GunCrisis: Philadelphia reporting project earlier this year.

Epidemiologist Gary Slutkin of CeaseFire Chicago and others presented solutions at the “Covering Youth Violence” journalism conference, presented in Philadelphia by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.

Today, the Associated Press checked in with a few experts who agree:

Is a gun like a virus, a car, tobacco or alcohol? Yes say public health experts, who in the wake of recent mass shootings are calling for a fresh look at gun violence as a social disease.

What we need, they say, is a public health approach to the problem, like the highway safety measures, product changes and driving laws that slashed deaths from car crashes decades ago, even as the number of vehicles on the road rose.

Read the full story at bigstory.ap.org: Doctors target gun violence as a social disease

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