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Media Advisory: Exploring the Link Between Guns and Violence

July 09, 2013

Oakland, CA – The stunning defeat of gun control legislation in Congress – even after the public outcry for better gun control when schoolchildren were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December – doesn’t mean there isn’t more we can do.  As a distinguished panel of national experts on gun violence will explain in a July 10 Dialogue4Health Web Forum, it is now time to recognize that the nation’s gun violence epidemic is a public health problem, not simply one of gun owners’ rights and criminal justice. Gun violence can be addressed with the kinds of public health prevention strategies that have worked so well to dramatically reduce smoking and injuries to infants and others in vehicle accidents. Prevention can and must play a role in stopping the gun violence that kills more than 31,000 people in the U.S. annually in suicides, homicides and accidents.

The media is invited to attend the free Web Forum:

“Exploring the Link Between Guns and Violence”
Wednesday,  July 10

11 am to 12:30 pm PT
Sponsored by the Public Health Institute and the American Public Health Association.
Register here.

The panel of nationally recognized leaders on gun violence are:

  • Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD, a Harvard adjunct professor and author of Deadly Consequences. She was the first woman appointed commissioner of public health for Massachusetts, where she established the first Office of Violence Prevention in a state department of public health.
  • Stephen Teret, JD, MPH, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Law and the Public’s Health and founding director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research. Teret has emphasized the role of policy, gun litigation and modifying gun design to improve safety.  
  • David Hemenway, PhD, a Harvard professor and director of Harvard’s Injury Control Research Center. He is the author of Private Guns, Public Health.

The moderator is Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.


For more information, contact: Carolyn Newbergh, 510-285-5557, cnewbergh@phi.org.

About the Public Health Institute 
The Public Health Institute, an independent nonprofit organization, is dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. For more information, visit www.phi.org.