Each year, roughly 30,000 people in the United States die of firearm-related homicides and suicides. When President Barack Obama recently unveiled his ambitious gun control agenda, he called the death toll “a public health crisis” and ended a 17-year freeze on federally funded gun violence research. What are the risk factors for gun violence? How can we prevent it? And who should study these questions?
Join us for a live chat at 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, 31 January, on this page with two scientists who are asking big questions about gun violence in the United States. Got questions? Leave them in the comment box below before the chat starts. The full text of the chat will be archived on this page.
Dr. Garen Wintemute is the inaugural Baker-Teret Chair in Violence Prevention at the University of California, Davis, and professor of emergency medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine. His research focuses on the nature and prevention of violence and the development of effective violence prevention policies.
John Vernick is the Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. His research focus has been on the use of law and legal interventions to further public health and injury prevention goals. He has concentrated on the ways in which science, law, regulation, and litigation can work together to reduce the incidence and severity of injuries, particularly those caused by firearms, motor vehicles, and other consumer products.
Dr. Mark Rosenberg is President and CEO of the Task Force for Global Health, in Decatur, Georgia.