Taking Aim at Gun Violence Through Public Health


Lessening the anguish of firearms injury demands that we reach across ideological divides. No one—not gun owners or health systems, not parents or politicians of any party—considers it acceptable that more than 48,000 Americans died by firearms in 2021 and twice that many were injured. The science of public health tells us how to implement evidence-based strategies that will keep all of us—children, families, and communities—safe from firearms injury. Elevating prevention also widens the circle of players with both the responsibility and opportunity to act.

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