David Hogg and other panelists address gun violence at HUBweek

Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe A panel of activists, including Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg, said Sunday that the next steps in solving the national gun violence crisis hinges on two things: funding research on gun-related deaths, and whom the voters choose to elect in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. “You have to attack the source. You have to attack the source that is driving the violence in America,” Hogg, who survived a deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in February, said at a HUBweek event in Faneuil Hall centered around youth activism and gun violence. The conversation — moderated by the Rev. Mariama White-Hammond — also included Chana Sacks, a doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital whose 7-year-old cousin was killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and Ritchy Rinchet, a junior who works with the Boston Public School Street Team, a group that promotes community initiatives and events through grass-roots tactics. Despite the prominence of mass shootings, Sacks said they made up a small percentage of gun deaths. Instead, the panelists highlighted the more common gun-related deaths such as accidental shootings and homicides. Sacks also emphasized that nearly two-thirds of the 22,000 gun deaths reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were suicides. “We sometimes talk about gun violence like it’s one thing,” said Sacks, who also co-founded the MGH Gun Violence Prevention Coalition . “But there’s so much that’s not talked about and should […]

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