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Raise Public Awareness and Drive Solutions to Reduce Gun Violence

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OHSU roundtable: Public Health Approach to Reducing Gun Violence

Medical experts, law enforcement, people with lived experience adopt multipronged approach to reducing firearms injury, death.

Oregon and the nation can reduce the number of injuries and deaths from firearms by adopting a public health approach, similar to measures that have vastly reduced the rate of motor vehicle injuries and deaths in recent decades, panelists said during a roundtable discussion at Oregon Health & Science University.

OHSU hosted a roundtable discussion Wednesday, Oct. 4, to raise public awareness and drive solutions to reduce gun violence.

Kathleen Carlson, Ph.D.“This is not a dichotomous gun-rights versus gun-control issue. This gets us nowhere,” said moderator Kathleen Carlson, Ph.D., director of the OHSU Gun Violence Prevention Research Center. “What we mean to say, most simply, is that we’re using multi-layered, multifaceted approaches to understanding the multiple causes of gun violence and finding the solutions for this problem.”

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