But what is gun violence and can we really change things by legislation?
I recently came across an article in The Good Life, a Dr. Oz magazine. From a professional perspective, I try to avoid conversations about religion, abortion, politics (well maybe not all the time) and things like gun violence. But this piece was quite interesting because of the subjects who were interviewed.
In spite of the inflammatory lead in, I decided to press forward.
NINETY-TWO PEOPLE A DAY TIMES 365…THAT’S MORE THAN 33,000 AMERICANS WHO ARE KILLED BY GUNS EVERY YEAR.
More than double that, about 84,000, is how many are injured by guns annually.
That certainly get's your attention. But it also begs the question, why are guns violent? Did they have a terrible time early on in their development or was the problem always then and then one day they just snapped?
The lead interview is with Dr. Milly Turakhia who is quoted as saying "You cannot tear down this problem just by taking away people's guns".
She goes on to address another public health issue, obesity. "We don't talk about locking up refrigerators" (in an effort to reduce obesity). Instead "We focus on wellness, education and prevention".
Her next comment is telling. She comes from Baltimore where the gun violence rate continues to rise despite the fact more guns are being seized.
More violence with fewer guns. Interesting paradox.
The article is a mix of moral, political and emotional comments. Overall it is balanced and a good read for those who are interested.
Feel free to read and offer your own comments. What doctors think about gun violence.