Gun Violence Another Emerging Public Health Crisis

Owing to the Florida mass shooting, Dr. Eric B. Larson asked if the society is prepared to make changes around guns and related researches.This blog topics shall discuss how to respond to the gun violence; another emerging public health crisis.

Orlando gun shootout witnessed 49 dead and 53 injuries. The shootout took place at a gay nightclub. When this terrible thing occurred, the US had already experienced more than 100 mass shootings since the start of the year. Unfortunately per the gun violence statistics; gun violence increased.

Even the gun violence by countries to occupy lands and create havoc is being witnessed in Syria and those related places.

It’s a known gun violence fact that more guns mean more deaths. A seminar study from 1993 by Drs. Arthur Kellerman and Fred Rivara, linked gun ownership to homicide in a home. GHRI Affiliated Researcher Dr. Amy Bonomi recently reviewed the dangers of firearms in domestic violence situations. 2/3rd of gun deaths are suicides, which is a major focus of Dr. Greg Simon’s research.

It appears that more people are demanding action on the shootout issue. In response to the Orlando shooting, support for the LGBT community surged. A supposedly half a million of people attended the Seattle Pride Parade in the later half of June. The American Medical Association (AMA) announced U.S. gun violence a public health crisis.

Politicians are also listening. Recently, Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Representative John Lewis of Georgia called for votes on gun laws. And now the gun violence definition is changing, it ranges from domestic vioelence to mass shootout.

These events are meaningful in light of Birnbaum’s Lecture by Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana S. Wen. She spoke on and emphasised that safe neighborhoods are the most crucial contributors to health. She advised some simple, and specific actions that can call upon to improve social factors of health.

For instance, Dr. Wen reminded to always make the case for health when developing public policy. With more than 30,000 firearm deaths a year, saying that gun violence is a health issue is not difficult. Dr. Wen urged everyone to speak up and discuss the matter. Likewise what to do when united stand against violence, racism, and discrimination. Surprisingly, lowering gun violence was the most talked-about issue when Dr. Wen met with public health representatives and local advocacy groups in a session hosted by Group Health Executive Vice President of Marketing & Public Affairs and President of the Group Health Foundation Diana Rakow.

Act to build safer communities

To question ourselves, what else can be done to respond to the shootings in Orlando and other cities? As individuals, what actions must we take to make our communities safer. Dr.Wen addressed the health care professionals and said that we should remember to watch for signs that the patients might be at risk of gun harm. It’s time to protect people who are vulnerable to discriminations because of their ethnic or racial group, sexual orientation, religion or gender identification.

She also emphasised that we must remember to celebrate our diversity. She urged people to get involved in activities that make the communities more good and inspire all as a citizen.

She also said being in London, she’s experiencing a different political atmosphere as the residents ponder their relationship with the European Union. She said that she’s participating at a Lancet Commission meet where they would be finalizing a major paper on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  She said that her topic is on resilience and she’ll have some thoughts on that.

Finally she concluded that she wants to point out that although the commission is sponsored by the the UK, it has involved widespread cooperation and engagement across Canada, the European Union, and the US. She said it hardly matters what happens with Brexit, a good sense of common purpose is alive and well in people all around the world. She said that they are working together to improve public health through researches, development of policies development, and with own actions.

We conclude the discussion here.

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